From Leo to Bale: What the stars had to say backstage
Posted March 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm in Lifestyle
The carpet wasnât the only thing that was red at this yearâs pre-Oscar procession, so were many of the dresses that were elegantly worn down it.
None was more vibrant, however, than Anne Hathaway as she made her way into Hollywoodâs Kodak Theater wearing a strapless, classic red Valentino gown, with the legendary designer Valentino Garavani on her arm. Such an honor was only appropriate for the actress who was co-hosting the 83rd Academy Awards Sunday night.
At her side onstage was James Franco, who was also up for an award: Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in 127 Hours. Together, Hathaway, 28, and Franco, 32, were the youngest duo to host the show in its 83-year history.
The move from conventional to contemporary seemed to be a common theme at this yearâs awards, further exemplified by the Facebook-inspired filmâs eight nominations.
Of these nominations, The Social Network was awarded Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Editing.Â Interestingly enough, Aaron Sorkin, who wrote the filmâs screenplay, revealed on the red carpet that he does not have a Facebook himself.
âIâm not evangelical about not joining Facebook,â Sorkin said. Â âThe problem is, I probably wouldnât know how to get there. Â I wouldnât know the keys to push.â
The Social Networkâs musical score, which featured electronic sounds instead of a customary orchestra, was also a rather modern choice for the Academy.
âI was very impressed we actually won this with a very nontraditional sounding score,â said Trent Reznor, who, along with Atticus Ross, wrote the music for the film.
Also an advocate for the less traditional at the awards, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich said that the inclusion of his film in the Best Picture category this year is a step in the right direction for the Academy.
âI think the fact that two years running now we have had animated films that have made it and received Best Picture nominations shows that the walls between live action and animation are becoming a bit more permeable,â Unkrich said, after Toy Story 3 was named Best Animated Feature.
The language that made its way into the awards ceremony didnât fail to fit the more youthful theme either, as Melissa Leo dropped the Oscarsâ first ever F-bomb during her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress.
âThose words, I apologize to anyone that they offend,â Leo said in the interview room just after her speech.
One member of the press applauded her for taking her rough character from The Fighter onstage with her, but her portrayal of Alice Ward inspired more than just her choice of words Sunday night.
âThe dress Iâm wearing tonight, Iâd like to think that Alice would have liked it, and that was part of the choosing for it,â Leo said of her lacy off-white gown by Marc Bouwer.
Christian Bale, who was named Best Supporting Actor for his role as the boxing son of Ward in The Fighter, didnât seem to mind Leoâs expletive, though he said he missed it because he wasnât in the room when she received her award.
âI missed the F-bomb,â Bale said. Â âBut, you know, Iâve laid down many of them myself before. Â So I think I know what it was all about.â
Bale entered the interview room hardly knowing what he had said during his own acceptance speech.
âIâve got a question for you guys, actually,â he said. Â âYou know, you get up there and youâre giving your speech, and I hope to God that I mentioned Mark and Melissa and Amy and Jack. Â Did I mention them?â
The Kingâs Speech director Tom Hooper, however, was primarily concerned with thanking one person during his acceptance speech: his mom. After attending a reading of a play called The Kingâs Speech, she came to Hooper and said she had found his next movie idea.
âNot only did she find it, she also reminded me every two weeks for about three months that I really should read it, and thank God I did because when I read it I rang her up and said sorry itâs taken me so long â yes, it is my next movie,â Hooper said in the interview room.
Colin Firth showed his gratitude after winning Best Actor for his role as Bertie in The Kingâs Speech by letting everyone in on a little secret: he was itching to break out in a celebratory dance. Â Still, he denied one member of the pressâs request that he follow his impulses in the interview room.
âNo. Â I was struggling with the containment in that moment and I think I need some quality time alone,â Firth said. Â âI donât think this is the particular forum to display that. Anyone having seen Mamma Mia will know what Iâm talking about.â
âIt feels very, very dreamlike right now,â Portman said. Â âI donât really know where I am.
Despite the Academyâs inclination towards the âyoung and hipâ Sunday night, one of the more mature-themed movies managed to take home top honors.Â Awarded Best Picture, producers of The Kingâs Speech seemed to know where they were, but werenât sure where to go next after a night of such elation.
âThe buildup of this award is I think like none of the others, and obviously itâs the final award of the season, and thereâs just something about it that left us absolutely speechless,â said Gareth Unwin, one of the filmâs producers. Â âTo have won this award, I donât think thereâs anywhere else we can go.â