"You're the first," Pitt said.
All night the long, narrow stage wings are flooded with the show's hundreds of crew members, security officers, presenters, singers, dancers and — most notably — winners.
Often the wings are a place for last-minute primping. A makeup artist with a puff powdered
Before heading on stage, co-presenters Hudson and
"Eesh, what are the Vegas odds on that one?" Sudeikis said, reading a particularly tricky name.
"We knew you could handle it," stage manager John Esposito said. "We put the best man on the job."
Before heading into the lights, Hudson grasped Sudeikis' arm. "My dress is really long, so please walk slow with me."
At 15 minutes to show time, the mother of all celebrity traffic jams converged around the backstage bathrooms, as
"You look gorgeous!" Field said to Lawrence.
"No, you look gorgeous!" Lawrence replied.
"All right, you win!" Field said.
A round of applause stopped the conversation as host
A vocal and supportive audience watched DeGeneres' opening monologue from the wings, as
"That's hilarious," Foxx shouted at an off-color line DeGeneres directed at Jonah Hill.
Foxx may win the prize for most supportive celebrity of the evening. When Leto won the first Oscar of the night, Foxx declared that the
Occasionally the scene backstage was a surreal clashing of moods.
As a teary
"Step aside, we've got the pizza guy coming through!" a voice bellowed over the hushed crew.
The stage doors slammed open to reveal DeGeneres carrying pizza boxes and a stunned looking delivery man with paper plates and napkins.
"You hold that and I'll hold this," DeGeneres said, swapping with him.
For the singers performing live at the Oscars, their first few steps backstage were a moment to exhale.
"It's over. I loved it!" Bette Midler said, grinning, as she arrived after singing "Wind Beneath My Wings" to see
Pink, after her turn, immediately changed into blue jeans and said, "Out of body experience," as she walked down the hall.
When the backstage crew applauded
For the stage managers, Oscar night is a game of celebrity lost and found. "They can't find Whoopi," a stage manager said into her headset about presenter
Goldberg was soon located in an elevator — and delivered to wardrobe for a dress steam while carrying her red high heels.
Actors often greet each other with the universal celebrity hello ("I love your work"), but backstage on Oscar night, no one got warmer welcomes than presenter Daniel Day Lewis. Outside the men's room, Efron said to the
Even when she doesn't win, Jennifer Lawrence manages to enliven Oscar night backstage.
"That's the envelope for
As the best picture nominees were announced, she noted the lack of applause in the theater for her film,
"Thanks, guys, for your support. Jesus, could it be more quiet?"
And when "12 Years a Slave" won, she charged toward the stage, saying, "I'm going out there! Where do the losers go?"