The Midlands has two chances at claiming a gong at tonight's BAFTA award ceremony.
Felicity Jones from Birmingham is up for Leading Actress for her role in The Theory of Everything - about the life of Physicist Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane.
Jack O'Connell from Derby is nominated in the Rising Star category for his part in Unbroken - directed by Angelina Jolie.
Both actors found their feet at the Television Workshop - at the time linked to Central TV - under the watchful eye of Ian Smith.
Both of them have a real chance....Jack's transformed from a tough little Derby lad to an America hero. He was dangerous and wonderful
Ian remembers accompanying Jack to a screen test for Notes on a Scandal - where he had to kiss Cate Blanchett - but thinks he missed out because he was just a little too young.
He says both he and Felicity were "incredibly talented kids" - Felicity was often up against Samantha Morton for roles, but had her first break with The Worst Witch.
So the Midlands needs to keep its fingers crossed tonight!