After the stars came up to accept their statues at last night’s Oscars, they immediately step backstage and into the press room for photos and interviews. It sounds like the women ruled the press room each in their own way.
Mo’Nique called on the reporters that she recognized, called some of them out, and entertained everyone. She also answered why all of the Precious ladies (and Oprah?) were seen in blue gowns last night; it was both as a means of support and a tribute to the past.
“The reason why I have on this royal blue dress is because it’s the color that Hattie McDaniel wore in 1940 when she accepted her Oscar [for Gone With the Wind]. The reason why I have this gardenia in my hair, it is the flower Hattie McDaniel wore when she accepted her Oscar.”
The first Female winner for Best Director was annoyingly tossed a number of questions about James Cameron, but the gracious Kathryn Bigelow only called him an “extraordinary filmaker” and sidestepped questions about how much he taught her. I would have been more interested to know what she was working on next.
Best Actress Sandra Bullock charmed the room with her wit and humbleness. “…I didn’t aspire to this…This was the film I said no to. ” she said. When a reporter asked her about her husband Jesse James crying during her speech she questions her husband, who was offstage, about it and he deneid it. “He’s right there,” Bullock said “Don’t piss him off.”
We haven’t talked yet about how fantastic Molly Ringwald looked last night, although she appeared like a dear in the headlights during the John Hughes tribute. The winners of Best Film Editing, Bob Murawski and Chris Innis shared a kiss backstage and Barbara Streisand posed with Bigelow.