Highlights from backstage at the Oscars:
The “Argo” trio of Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov took the stage, and Affleck was asked when he felt was tipping point for his movie’s victory.
“Michelle Obama,” Clooney said.
“When they gave us the trophies, I thought we would win,” Affleck said.
(At this point David Arquette was waving his number around like a kid in class but wasn’t getting called on.)
One woman used her question time to invites the trio to a foreign service ceremony. "Can you come?"
Clooney: "That's a personal question."
Another questioner’s Affleck director snub reference prompted Clooney to say: "I wasn't aware of that."
All in all, of course, Affleck felt honored to win an Academy Award: “You know what? You’re not entitled to anything.”
Anne Hathaway finally came back and, aside from being prompted to praise her husband and Hugh Jackman some more, said, ‘I do feel this evening the respect of my peers and I’m going to ride that wave as long as I can, but I’ve also got a practical approach to acting which is ‘Gotta work, gotta work gotta work.’”
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.”
Quentin Tarantino asked about 'Django' bones
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 said he doesn’t see himself as an American filmmaker. "I am American and a filmmaker, but I make movies for planet earth.”
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.”
Tarantino also acted out some back-story dialogue at length in response to question about why he included Australians at end of "Django."
Ang Lee calls 'Pi' a miracle
Director winner Ang Lee said, “I think it’s a miracle that I could make this movie, and I carried anxiety with me for four years.”