(LOS ANGELES) — Here’s what the winners had to say backstage at the Oscars:
— It was inevitable that Ben Affleck, the star and director of best picture winner Argo, would be asked about his exclusion from the best director race. But Affleck emphasized that it was an honor for him to win an Academy Award in any category.
Affleck also said it was an honor that first lady Michelle Obama announced the winner of the best picture category, adding, “I’m a big fan of the bangs.”
— Daniel Day-Lewis said he felt some pressure while working on his Oscar-winning performance of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln. The British actor recalled he was worried that if the cast and crew “got it wrong,” “I might not be able to show my face in this country again.”
— Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence had reporters laughing on several occasions following her best actress victory. One topic of discussion was her tumble on the steps leading to the stage as she went to accept her award. She lamented that she stepped on the fabric on her dress, and that’s what caused the spill.
When asked what was going through her mind as she fell, Lawrence joked, “A bad word that I can’t say that starts with ‘F.'”
— Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway was emotional as she reflected on her win for best supporting actress. Through tears, she told reporters, “I had a dream and it came true.”
Hathaway isn’t resting on her laurels, though. She said her motto is, “Gotta work, gotta work, gotta work.”
— After claiming the prize for best supporting actor for his role in Django Unchained, Christoph Waltz repeatedly praised the other nominees in the category, including Robert De Niro and Alan Arkin, and stressed how flattered he was to win.
This is his second Oscar victory in three years; the other was for another Quentin Tarantino movie, Inglourious Basterds. Is another collaboration between the two on the horizon? Waltz quipped, “This [win] is about seven minutes old. Somehow I failed to catch the moment to remind Quentin that I’m around.”
— Ang Lee, who won best director for Life of Pi, commented that it was a “miracle” that the movie was made since it was an expensive adaptation of a philosophical book.
The film was nominated for best picture. Lee was asked if he can envision himself winning in the Oscars’ top category sometime in the future, but he said there are too many variables to consider that would make it difficult for him to make a prediction.
Lee’s 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was also nominated for best picture.
— Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, for which he won best original screenplay, stirred controversy due to its use of the “N” word. But he embraces the fact that the film generated so much discussion about its content. Tarantino remarked, “That back and forth is really what I really wanted for the end of the day of this movie, and I hope that continues for the next few years.”
— Brave co-director Mark Andrews said the film’s win for best animated feature was the culmination of a long journey because, as he put it, “making these things is a struggle. It’s a battle, it’s a war.”
— Adele is halfway to what media types call the “EGOT”: a win at the Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and Tonys. The British singer, who won best original song for “Skyfall,” the theme to the James Bond film of the same name, joked that she’ll star in an HBO special to earn the Emmy. As for a Tony, well, she said she can’t see herself appearing in a musical.
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