He discussed wanting to do more with visual effects, to make his own "2001."
"I refuse to think those are technicians working on the computers,” he said. “This is visual art.”
Asked about winning best director twice without best picture (the other being for “Brokeback Mountain,” Lee pointed out that Jack Nicholson awarded best picture to “Crash” as well.
Daniel Day-Lewis followed and was greeted with a question of how annoying it was to wear the beard throughout the “Lincoln” shoot?
"How do you mean wearing it?” he said. “Do you wear your hair? It was just a beard. It was mine.”
Someone else asked a weird one that had something to do with him maybe struggling to get out of character, and Day-Lewis lightly said, “I’m definitely out of character now.”
Asked whether he had help writing all of those acceptance speeches, he said, “If you can’t find your own words to say in situations like this, that would be a little sad.”
Finally, did he get any grief being a non American actor playing an American president? (Because now’s the time for that controversy, right?) “Not yet,” he said.
Adele talks 'Skyfall'
Adele Adkins and “Skyfall” co-writing Paul Epworth were announced backstage just as Jennifer Lawrence was announced as best actress. The brief Q&A began with Adele (to whom all the questions were addressed—go figure) being asked whether it was true that she recorded the song in 10 minutes.
“We’re good but we’re not that good,” she said.
She also was asked about conquering other awards shows now that she’d won at the Grammys and Oscars, and she joked about going for a Tony except, “It’s not my kind of thing, a musical, no offense.”
At which party will she celebrate? Vanity Fair. But, she noted, “one champagne, and I’m gone these days.”
She also talked a bit about her creative process with Epworth before she was thanked, left the stage, and rushed back to the mic to proclaim: “Jennifer Lawrence just won best actress—woo hoo!”
Jennifer Lawrence takes on all questions
It’s post-show rapid-fire time backstage.
Jennifer Lawrence is first, seeing journalists holding up numbers and quipping, “This isn’t like auction, right?”Asked “What do you think this means to suffering to people with brain disease?” Lawrence said, “I don’t think we’re going to stop it until we get rid of the stigma of mental illness.”
Someone else asked about the process of getting ready for the day, which prompted her to compare herself to Steve Martin in “Father of the Bride.” As she got a bit silly, she confessed, “I’m sorry, I did a shot before. Sorry. Jesus.”
About her fall while stepping up to her stage, someone asked, “What happened?” and she answered, “What do you mean what happened? Look at this dress. I tried to walk upstairs in this dress.”