Highlights from backstage at the
"When they gave us the trophies, I thought we would win," Affleck said.
All in all, of course, Affleck felt honored to win an Academy Award: "You know what? You're not entitled to anything."
She said playing Fantine helped her connect with the darkness in life, and she teared up when elaborating on her dream-come-true sentiment. "I had a dream, and that came true and that can happen, and it was wonderful."
She also said, "The miracle of the universe is as far as they know there is 51 percent matter vs 49 percent antimatter. Things tip in the positive."
So she stays positive. "When you live that way, it's amazing how beautiful every day can be."
Tarantino’s backstage session started with a ridiculous question about whether he’s aware that human bodies contain bones because in “Django” they seem to be just flesh and hair. "I don’t quite understand the question, but yes I do understand there are bones in the human body,” Tarantino said.
He also praised the fellow best picture nominees for finding success with uncommercial subjects. “I actually think an adult audience is rising up,” he said. “The fact that we’re not just making movies for teenagers is a cool thing, especially because I’m not a teenager anymore.”
Asked about winning best director twice without best picture (the other being for “Brokeback Mountain,” Lee pointed out that
Daniel Day-Lewis followed and was greeted with a question of how annoying it was to wear the beard throughout the "Lincoln" shoot?
"How do you mean wearing it?" he said. "Do you wear your hair? It was just a beard. It was mine."
Someone else asked a weird one that had something to do with him maybe struggling to get out of character, and Day-Lewis lightly said, "I'm definitely out of character now."
Asked whether he had help writing all of those acceptance speeches, he said, "If you can't find your own words to say in situations like this, that would be a little sad."
Finally, did he get any grief being a non American actor playing an American president? (Because now's the time for that controversy, right?) "Not yet," he said.
Adele Adkins and “
"We're good but we're not that good," she said.
She also was asked about conquering other awards shows now that she’d won at the Grammys and
At which party will she celebrate? Vanity Fair. But, she noted, "one champagne, and I'm gone these days."
She also talked a bit about her creative process with Epworth before she was thanked, left the stage, and rushed back to the mic to proclaim: "Jennifer Lawrence just won best actress—woo hoo!"
Jennifer Lawrence takes on all questions
It's post-show rapid-fire time backstage.
Jennifer Lawrence is first, seeing journalists holding up numbers and quipping, "This isn't like auction, right?"
Asked “What do you think this means to suffering to people with brain disease?” Lawrence said, “I don’t think we’re going to stop it until we get rid of the stigma of mental illness.”
Someone else asked about the process of getting ready for the day, which prompted her to compare herself to
About her fall while stepping up to her stage, someone asked, "What happened?" and she answered, "What do you mean what happened? Look at this dress. I tried to walk upstairs in this dress."
Q: "What went through your mind?"
A: "A bad word that I can't say. That starts with 'f.'"
Someone else pressed her on whether she worried that she was peaking too soon, and Lawrence said with a nervous laugh, "Well, now I am."
Finally her verdict on MacFarlane and his boob song: "I loved the boob song. I thought he was great. I thought he was hilarious."
A sedate affair, so far
Not to diss the below-the-line (i.e. not directors, producers, writers, actors) Oscar winners, but backstage has been on the sedate side during this middle-of-the-show stretch. The host back here announced that supporting actress winner
Also, the volume was cut on Adele’s “
"Skyfall" sound editing co-winner Per Hallberg on tie: "Any time you get involved in any kind of history making, that would be good."
Karen Baker Landers, the other "Skyfall" sound editing winner, said tie or not, winning an Oscar is, you know, a good thing.
The Trio of “
Editing winner William Goldenberg (
The filmmakers behind the winning documentary feature “
Arquette gets silly with winners
Kahrs didn't have much of an answer for that, but he did have praise for Disney, which ran his black-and-white short before "Wreck-It-Ralph": "They're really pushing for depth and stories that are going to last generations."
The visual effects winners for “
Supporting actor winner
"Guess," he responded drolly.
Pressed, he continued, "I was on a list with the greatest actors around…How do you think someone feels when all of a sudden his name is called in that context? I can't tell you, I'm sorry."
Then he was asked bizarrely about the prospect of a black pope, to which he responded that race shouldn't be a factor. "I am an adamant non racist," Waltz said.
Waltz also wouldn't bite on a question about "Django" being the highest grossing western. "I'm just an actor," he said. "I'm not an accountant."
On why he likes working with "Django"/