Oscars 2013: The Winners' Reactions

Christoph Waltz
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Winners of the 85th Annual Academy Awards were announced Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov; Best PIcture (Argo): Ben Affleck told the press backstage that he was as surprised as anyone to see Michelle Obama presenting him and his fellow producers the Oscar for best picture. "I was sort of hallucinating when that was happening," said Affleck. "Over the course of a hallucination, it doesn't seem that odd. Oh, a purple elephant. Oh, Michelle Obama. I was just asking these two guys outside, 'Was that Michelle Obama?' in retrospect, anyway it was very cool." The three producers of Argo jestingly claimed to be shocked, shocked to hear from a press questioner that Affleck was not nominated for best director. "I wasn't aware that you were left off," said Clooney. "I wasn't nominated as an actor in the movie." "That's a crime, folks," said Affleck, also joshing, but then he got serious. "Naturally I was disappointed, but when I look at the directors who [weren't nominated], Paul Thomas Anderson or Kathryn Bigelow, who's just amazing, Tom Hooper, Quentin Tarantino, these are all directors who I admire enormously. it was just a very tough year." "You were in good company, not being nominated," said Clooney. -- Tim Appelo

Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress (Silver Linings Playbook): While Jennifer Lawrence was widely expected to win the trophy for best actress on Sunday, audible gasps could be heard when she tripped and fell on her way up to the stage. Asked what was going through her mind in that moment, Lawrence told reporters backstage, "A bad word that I can't say that starts with F." The Silver Linings Playbook star revealed that she "took a shot" before hitting the press room to calm her nerves, and who could blame her? Lawrence said that her pre-Oscar process, getting ready with friends and family, was "so stressful. I felt like Steve Martin in Father of the Bride." But all's well that ends well, and for Lawrence, that ending includes a shiny new trophy. Plus, she even got a shout-out from host Seth MacFarlane during an early skit. "I loved the boob song. I thought it was hilarious," she said. -- Sophie Schillaci

Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Actor, (Lincoln): After becoming history's first triple-Oscar-winning best actor (for 1989's My Left Foot, 2007's There Will Be Blood and Lincoln), Daniel Day-Lewis explained that he's himself again following a grueling experience, despite his fame for total immersion in his roles. "I think I'm definitely out of character at this moment, but if I slip back into it by mistake you can do an intervention of some kind. The Heimlich maneuver." Getting into character was tough. "It certainly had a paralyzing quality, the thought that if we got it wrong, which was perfectly possible, quite likely, in fact, that I might never be able to show my face in this country again." Asked about his onstage comment about his wife's previous men, he said, "She knew how to handle all of them. In their own particular way. Yeah. Ha, ha, ha, ha!" No one helped him with his eloquent speech. "I wish. No, they haven't. If you can't find the words for occasions like this, it would be kind of sad. I kind of love it when people are completely inarticulate when making speeches." Asked what was the most annoying part of wearing the Abe Lincoln beard, he sensibly said, "How do you mean wearing it? Do you wear your hair? No, it's just a beard. No, it's mine. My very own beard." He doesn't plan to play any more historical characters at this time. "I can't think of any right now because I need to have a lie down for a couple of years after this one. No, I can't think of one. I can't. It's really hard to think of doing anything after this." -- Tim Appelo

Christoph Waltz, Best Supporting Actor (Django Unchained): Having already won the Golden Globe and BAFTA for his role in Django Unchained, Christoph Waltz added another trophy to his collection Sunday. "I am in awe of the people who are in my category," Waltz said of fellow nominees Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Philip Seymour Hoffman. As shocked as Waltz seemed, his win was not a total upset, although many had predicted that Jones could score the honor for his role in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. Asked about signing on for Quentin Tarantino's period pic, Waltz said: "When I read the script for the first time, I realized that there was something special about this film. I know Quentin, and I read the pages more or less as they came out of the printer. Page by page, I realized that something special was in the making." --  Sophie Schillaci

PHOTOS: 2013 Oscar Nominees

Anne Hathaway, Best Supporting Actress (Les Miserables): A victorious Anne Hathaway -- celebrating her first Oscar win for best supporting actress -- told reporters backstage that she wasn't about to take the win for granted. "I do feel this evening the respect of my peers and I'm going to ride that wave as long as I can. But you're always looking for your next job." She also confessed that playing the role of Fontaine and having to connect with the "darkness of life" wasn't easy. "I would have loved to have gone home every day and forget about it, but you can't." Hathaway said that co-star Hugh Jackman is a "magical, alien combination," and that he was "absolutely our rock and our inspiration." Hathaway choked up at one point, referencing her first comment on stage. "I had a dream ... and it came true." -- Pamela McClintock

Quentin Tarantino, Best Original Screenplay (Django Unchained): "All the criticism that came out, it ended up being a good thing," said Quentin Tarantino of the dialogue created by his film, Django Unchained. The filmmaker, who won the Oscar for best original screenplay, told reporters backstage that he's pleased with the "adult" nature of this year's crop of contenders, saying that "there's nothing about these movies in the subject matter that suggests they'd be popular. Not making every movie for teenagers is kind of a cool thing, especially now that I'm not a teenager anymore." Aside from creating content for a mature audience, Tarantino said he has his sights set on a global audience -- as he always has. "I've actually always prided myself on being an international filmmaker," he said. "I'm not an American filmmaker. I'm an American and I'm a filmmaker, but I make movies for the planet Earth, and I have from the very beginning, since Reservoir Dogs. To me, America is just another market. I make my movies for Earth." -- Sophie Schillaci

John Kahrs, Best Animated Short (Paperman): Although Wreck-It Ralph didn't take home the Oscar for best animated feature, its theatrical lead-in, Paperman, earned the award for best animated short. "I feel very lucky to have been riding the coattails of Wreck-It Ralph," said Paperman director John Kahrs backstage. "My inspiration was as a commuter and the chance connections you make with strangers. An urban fairy tale about two people who were perfect for each other." Actor David Arquette -- a reporter on behalf of SiriusXM Radio -- stole the spotlight during Kahrs' Q&A session, pitching his own vocal talents to the director and then asking if he could have the condoms that were included in the attendees' swag bags. -- Sophie Schillaci

Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrews; Best Animated Feature (Brave): In a fairy-tale ending, director Brenda Chapman took the stage at the Academy Awards on Sunday to accept the Oscar for best animated feature for Pixar's Brave -- a project she was fired from in early 2011 over creative differences. Chapman shared the win with Mark Andrews, who took over directing duties upon Chapman's exit. She had worked on Brave for eight years. "It is absolutely a vindication," Chapman said backstage, flanked by Andrews (who wore a green kilt). "I wanted to honor her when I came on board," Andrews said. -- Pamela McClintock

Adele Adkins, Paul EpworthBest Original Song (Skyfall): Adele added one more trophy to her growing collection on Sunday, bringing her one step closer to EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) -- though she also won a Golden Globe earlier this awards season. "Maybe I'll do an HBO special like Beyonce did," she joked with reporters backstage following her win, adding that she intended to hit the Vanity Fair party after the ceremony had concluded. "I have to get up at 6. One glass of champagne and I'm gone these days," she said. The singer accepted the award for Best Original Song for "Skyfall" alongside co-writer Paul Epworth, who clarified reports that they had recorded the song in just 10 minutes. "We got the first draft down in 10 minutes," he said. Added Adele: "It was two studio sessions. We're good, but we're not that good." -- Sophie Schillaci

Shawn Christensen, Best Live-Action Short Film (Curfew): "I'd love to get a job. That would be the first thing that would be nice to get," laughed Shawn Christensen, moments after winning best live-action short film for his Curfew. "And I think it would be nice to get into feature films and stay in short films, because there's something amazing about the pressure of short films that I kind of enjoy on a torturous level." -- Sophie Schillaci

PHOTOS: 2013 Oscar Snubs

Jacqueline Durran, Costume Design (Anna Karenina): Minutes after winning the Oscar for costume design for her work on Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran told reporters backstage that director Joe Wright told her to focus on silhouette and color. "Quite often what happens is you design for the director and then he uses your costumes in a way you never would have imagined." She also said the actors -- and particularly Keira Knightley, whom she worked with on Wright's Atonement -- had a lot to do with how well the costumes worked. "This was a very stylized look that they really had to be on board with." This marks Durran's first Oscar win. She was previously nominated for her costume work on Atonement and Pride and Prejudice, both also directed by Wright and starring Knightley. -- Pamela McClintock

Director Malik Bendjelloul, Producer Simon Chinn; Best Documentary (Searching for Sugar Man): Upon their Oscar win for best documentary feature, Searching for Sugar Man director Malik Bendjelloul and producer Simon Chinn were pressed by reporters about why Rodriguez, the subject of the acclaimed film, wasn't present for the Academy Awards ceremony. "He's been touring in South Africa, so he's kind of tired." Added Chinn, "He genuinely didn't want to take credit for this. This was Malik's movie." The duo did say that Rodriguez is already talking about a new album in the wake of the immense reaction to Sugar Man. Chinn, who previously won the Oscar for the documentary Man on Wire, confessed that he was sure Gatekeepers was going to win the category. "It's nice to be proven wrong," he said. It is Bendjelloul's first nomination and win. -- Pamela McClintock

Lisa Westcott, Julie Dartnell; Best Hair and Makeup (Les Miserables): While Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell were honored for best hair and makeup on Les Miserables, the duo took time to praise best supporting actress winner Anne Hathaway for her bold decision to shear her locks during filming. "That decision was hers before we were even a twinkle in the eyes of the producers," they said backstage. "It was a wonderful opportunity for her. We could have easily done it with wigs and a bald cap; it would have been very easy to do, but she really wanted to do it herself, and I think the whole crew was as emotional as she was." They also noted that the nature of filming live performance numbers added increased pressure on their end, as well. "It was very important to make sure that everything was spot-on before the cameras turned," they said. -- Sophie Schillaci

Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Simon Hayes; Best Sound Mixing (Les Miserables): The challenges for the sound mixing team behind Les Miserables were substantial, since director Tom Hooper wanted all the singing to be live. "All the actors knew what we were doing was groundbreaking," Simon Hayes told reporters backstage after winning the Oscar. "There were so many challenges, so many noises we had to cut through. When a musical is sung through like this one, it's very hard to go from song to song," he continued. -- Pamela McClintock

William Goldenberg, Best Film Editing (Argo): Asked backstage what working in his dad's deli had to do with his Oscar eminence -- William Goldenberg edited Argo and co-edited the Oscar editing nominee Zero Dark Thirty -- Goldenberg said, "My father's deli, you had to do a million things at one time, you had to be making breakfast for 75 people ... It really does prepare you for the multitasking you need to do." Asked how it felt to have two films in one Oscar contest, he replied, "What do you think? I mean, it's fantastic ... It hasn't happened that many times, and I'm in good company." Besides his dad's deli, Goldenberg credited director/producer Ben Affleck and producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov. "Ben leads by being inspiring and powerful ... George and Grant were perfect producers ... They stayed back and let us do our jobs and just guided us in the way that great producers do." -- Tim Appelo

Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine; Best Documentary, Short Subject (Inocente): Husband-and-wife team Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, directors of Inocente, won the Oscar for best documentary, short subject. They're from Washington, and Sean Fine lifted one pant leg in the press room to show reporters his Redskins-inspired red socks. They also were elated in noting that Inocente is the first Oscar winner to be funded by Kickstarter, the crowd-funding Internet site. On a more serious note, they said their film -- about a homeless immigrant teenage girl living in San Diego -- gives a face to an invisible population of homeless kids. "This is a huge issue," Andrea Nix Fine said. -- Pamela McClintock

Claudio Miranda, Best Cinematography (Life of Pi): Life of Pi cinematography Oscar winner Claudio Miranda was surprised that he beat Roger Deakins despite the Skyfall dp's 10 Oscar nominations (with no wins).  "I was caught off-guard," said Miranda backstage immediately after accepting the award. "I did think Roger was probably next in line, and I thought he would have gotten it." On the other hand, he added, "I did get the BAFTA, so I guess there's always a little chance it's possible." -- Tim Appelo

Rick Carter, Jim Erickson; Best Production Design (Lincoln): For production designer Rick Carter, Sunday's Oscar for best production design was a long time in the making. Speaking with reporters (sans set decorator Jim Erickson), Carter revealed that Lincoln director Steven Spielberg approached him about the project in 2001, "even before 9/11." "It's been literally a journey to be in pursuit of ... his legacy," Carter said of the beloved U.S. president on whom the film is based. -- Sophie Schillaci

Paul N.J. Ottosson (Zero Dark Thirty), Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers (Skyfall); Best Sound Editing (Tie): "Any time you win an Oscar, it feels good, no matter how you win it," Karen Baker Landers (Skyfall) told reporters backstage after the shocking tie for sound editing. Paul N.J. Ottosson (Zero Dark Thirty), who was first to accept the honor, revealed an even more surprising coincidence occurring just moments before his win. "Just before our category came up, another fellow nominee sat next to me and I said, 'What if there's a tie, what would they do?' and then we got a tie. It's quite extraordinary," Ottosson said. Not that he's complaining. "Any time that you get involved in some kind of history-making, that would be good. Per [Hallberg] (Skyfall) is also a very good friend of ours ... We could have shared this with any one of [the nominees] and it would have felt quite right." -- Sophie Schillaci

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