I am uber-thrilled for Milena Canonero’s 4th Oscar, for Budapest Grand Hotel. In my first big budget film, THE COTTON CLUB (actually in its day, the most expensive film ever made) I’d grown my hair long and straightened it to portray Kid Griffin, the maitre de. Milena wanted to cut some of the periphery shorter. I told her we’d never be able to make it match, the length created the control. After acceding to her wishes (and then struggling for the next few weeks as it grew out) Milena came to me and said, “Dahling, you must never again let Anyone tell you what to do with your hair. I was wrong.” That was very gracious of her and it encouraged me to speak up without fear, no matter how large the project, in defense of my characters.