Tim [spall] could well be nominated and not win because Hollywood films tend to win.
spall says that, faced with the contradictions in the research, they created an amalgam of them.
spall spent two years training to paint in preparation for the role.
spall plays him brilliantly as a grumbling, grunting beast of a man whose sensitivity and kindness emerges slowly.
spall was rewarded for his hard work with the best actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
"chip of stone," mid-15c., from Middle English verb spald "to split open" (early 14c.), from or related to Middle Dutch spalden, Middle Low German spalden, cognate with Old High German spaltan "to split" (see spill (v.)).