Oscar Impact: Kingsley, Ben in Gandhi

The Oscar also reinforces the determination of players to pursue careers in a profession that's inherently unstable. Asked how “Gandhi” changed his life, in addition to the resulting barrage of scripts and a constantly ringing telephone, the Britihs actor Ben Kingsley said, “I profoundly believe I'm an actor now. I'm not saying I believe I'm a good actor. I just believe there is nothing else in the world I should be than an actor.”

The 1982 Best Actor Oscar made Kingsley see the tip of the iceberg, as he said: “I know it's there and I know it's real.”