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'I feel more in control'
FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2015
'Always room for more'
Planned protests over the lack of diversity among this year's acting nominees were canceled at the request of "Selma" director Ava DuVernay. Still, the topic wasn't far from people's minds — indeed, Harris' first joke of the night was a crack about celebrating Hollywood's "best and whitest."
On the red carpet,
"You know, we've come a long way," she said. "But there's always room for more."
Early in the show,
'Beautiful time of my life'
After claiming the best supporting actor award for his ferocious turn in "Whiplash," J.K. Simmons reflected backstage on his long journey from unknown theater actor to Oscar winner.
He waxed nostalgic about his early days. "The lean times were a wonderful, beautiful time of my life, struggling for many years in regional theater all over the country for not much money," he said. "I look back on those times with great fondness."
Another thing Simmons looks back on fondly as he comes to the end of a long and draining awards season? Feeling rested.
"In lean times, you get plenty of sleep and you're not flying around everywhere," he said dryly.
Midway through the ceremony, "Selma" producer Oprah Winfrey grabbed a drink from the bar and quickly ran to a secluded corner to sip while watching the show on a television broadcasting it into the lobby. But her moment of solitude didn't last long. Several young women quickly approached to ask for a photo.
As soon as they were gone, another man arrived: "I want to thank you for 'Selma' — I don't know what else to say," he said. She shook his hand and thanked him, then flashed someone who appeared to be her security guard a distressed glance. He promptly came to whisk her away.
Look: It's Sean Douglas!
During a break, Michael Keaton, a best actor nominee for "Birdman," went to the bar with his son, Sean Douglas. The two did a shot together, but Keaton couldn't finish his and poured it into a glass of water.
Douglas became a bit of a viral sensation after the Golden Globes, when a handful of outlets noticed him in the crowd with his dad. "It was crazy," Douglas said. "I mean, I was just there to support my dad."
Then Keaton, bursting with energy, pulled him away and back into the theater.
'The patron saint'
Backstage after winning the supporting actress award for "Boyhood," Patricia Arquette said she didn't see Meryl Streep's enthusiastic "You go girl!" reaction to her impassioned call for equal pay for women in her acceptance speech, but she had heard about it.
"I hugged her afterward," Arquette said. "She's the queen of all actresses, the patron saint of all actresses."