And then they'd get English actors in, because they thought that was the way to sell it to America." making Grant an overnight international star.The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, and among numerous awards won by its cast and crew, it earned Grant his first and only Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Grant used this breakthrough role as a frequent cinematic persona during the 1990s, delivering comic performances in films such as Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) and Notting Hill (1999).Grant received an offer from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London to pursue a Ph D in the history of art, but decided not to take the offer because he failed to secure a grant.Viewing acting as nothing more than a creative outlet, Bored with small acting parts, he created his own comedy revue called The Jockeys of Norfolk, a name taken from Shakespeare's Richard III, with friends Chris Lang and Andy Taylor.In 1979, Grant won the Galsworthy scholarship to New College, Oxford, where he starred in his first film, Privileged, produced by the Oxford University Film Foundation. Actress Anna Chancellor, who met Grant while she was still at university, has recalled, "I first met Hugh at a party at Oxford. He was a star even then, without having done anything.Grant joined the exclusive Piers Gaveston Society at Oxford, a group with a reputation for debauchery and decadence".