There's nothing like sitting backstage, anxiously waiting for this year’s winners—especially when none disappointed when it came to juicy answers. While many have been complaining that the Oscars were a complete bore, those of us backstage don’t share that sentiment because we got lots of controversial, interesting tidbits from the winners.
We start with the lovely Melissa Leo, who woke up the audience when she dropped a colorful f-bomb, crowning herself as the first Oscar winner to use the term during a speech. She entered the room with a huge smile and was quick to hit the mic with an apology. "I apologize…I really don't mean to offend, and [that was] probably a very inappropriate place to use that particular word."
In case you missed the speech, this was her one-liner: "When I watched Kate [Winslet] two years ago, it looked so much [*&^%$%^&] easier."
Reporters were quick to call her out on her controversial Oscar campaign ad. She responded with: "There’s nothing to vindicate, and there was no campaign. It was a photograph in a magazine. I wanted a pretty photograph in a magazine — that’s all it was."
Christian Bale was quick to dismiss her little slip...in fact, he missed her acceptance speech because he was at the bar with his wife and Dickie. "[I thought] it was like other awards where you just walk in and out. Unfortunately, I missed her acceptance speech because they wouldn’t let me in. I was literally banging on the door with Dickie,” said Bale, adding, “I missed her f-bomb but, you know, I’ve laid down many of them myself before."
Bale’s win for Best Supporting Actor in The Fighter was well-deserved, but the actor admits that dramatically altering his body for a role may not be such a wise decision anymore. "If it’s necessary, I’ll do it," he said. "I’m getting a bit older now. I’m starting to recognize if I do too much, there may be no coming back from it. I have a child now. I just want to really be smart about any other body alterations that I make in the future. Who knows? Maybe that will be the last of it [but] I’ve said that a few times before."
So let’s chat Charlie Sheen—a reporter noted that no one does a better meltdown on screen than Bale, and asked him if, since he played a character that’s “chemically enhanced,” he has an opinion on Charlie Sheen. Bale dodged the answer quickly by saying he’s been in China for the past month filming, and has no idea what’s going on.
Aaron Sorkin came backstage with very strong opinions, and I was surprised to find out he initially had doubts/concerns on the young cast of The Social Network. Apparently, he wasn’t sure if they would be able to do justice to his work. "That was the fear that this material isn’t for beginners, but they were the youngest characters I’d ever written…David got the greatest performances out of them."
Sorkin also confessed he has a bromance with David Siedler, who won for Best Original Screenplay for The King’s Speech. Of course, we had to ask his thoughts on Mark Zuckerberg, and he was candid on the subject. "I think he’s been an awfully good sport about this. I don’t think there is anyone here who would want a movie made about things they did when they were 19 years old. And if that movie absolutely positively had to be made, you would want it made only from your point of view. So, my hat’s off to Mark."
Colin Firth was next, and the press had nothing but love for the actor—we were all excited for his win. We started off by joking with him about the Queen’s royal approval of the film, and that maybe now, with his Oscar win, he would be invited to the royal wedding. The laughs were dismissed quickly when a reporter asked Firth about the new PG-13 version of The King’s Speech. And Bertie did not hold back! Firth said, "I don’t support it. I think the film has its integrity as it stands. I think that scene belongs where it is. I think it serves a purpose. I’m not someone who is casual about that kind of language. I don’t relish [it]. The context of this film could not be more edifying, more appropriate. It’s not vicious."
Before things got really sour, we asked Firth what he plans to do now that awards season is over…and he surprisingly said he’s ready to start cooking. "I started having fantasies about what I’ll do. I think I’m going to start cooking a lot. I don’t think I’m particularly good at it…I tend to find that’s a very good way to decompress. I’ll probably be the only one eating it but that’s what I’m going to do."
We ended the night with Best Actress winner Natalie Portman. The actress dished about her pregnancy, but was keen not to mention the sex of her baby. When asked if she would name her baby Oscar, she laughed it off. "I think that’s probably definitely out of the question."
At one point, a reporter asked Portman why, as the new spokesperson for Dior, she was not wearing the designer and what her thoughts were on the anti-Semitic remarks made by designer John Galliano. But before Portman could say anything, an Academy moderator interrupted and did not allow her to answer the question.
As of yesterday, Portman came out with an official statement saying, "I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful."
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