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Oscars 2013: Backstage With The Winners

Joel Kutz |
February 25, 2013 | 1:12 a.m. PST


The producers of "Argo" celebrate in the winners room. (Photo courtesy of Heather Ikei / ©A.M.P.A.S.)
The producers of "Argo" celebrate in the winners room. (Photo courtesy of Heather Ikei / ©A.M.P.A.S.)
The Oscars are over, the speeches have been made, and thus, the drama has reached a happy resolution. Right?

Not even close. The moment the famed play-off music preemptively forces the stars off stage, they begin a slew of press interviews and TV appearances. Everyone wants to know what it feels like to take home Oscar gold, and who can blame them? That's why every year, right after the winners leave the microphone, they are channeled to the back rooms of the Dolby Theater to face the press and share their thoughts, no matter how stoic or emotional they are. Not surprisingly, this year's winners' room did not disappoint.

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The creators of Argo defined the show when they satisfied many predictions and brought home the award for Best Picture. It was a celebration for the film's three producers, especially since the publicity leading up to Oscar night surrounded Ben Affleck's snub for a Directing nominee. But after Affleck rattled off names like Kathryn Bigelow and Wes Anderson, who missed out on a nomination as well, George Clooney put it best. "You were in good company not to be nominated."

Afflect added his personal take. "You're not entitled to anything. I'm honored to be here, I'm honored to be nominated, and I'm honored to win an Academy Award."

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It was a big night for Jennifer Lawrence. (Photo courtesy of Heather Ikei / ©A.M.P.A.S.)
It was a big night for Jennifer Lawrence. (Photo courtesy of Heather Ikei / ©A.M.P.A.S.)
From being voted best-dressed on the red carpet to accepting the top acting prize, Jennifer Lawrence solidified her spot among Oscar elite. But J. Law showed her youth backstage, keeping it lighthearted. Even so, she couldn't help taking a more serious tone when addressing mental illness. "I don't think we're gonna stop it until we get rid of this stigma."

Life of Pi was another big winner, snagging awards for directing, original score, cinematography, and visual effects. Director Ang Lee distributed credit for his award to the over 3000 members of the cast and crew, also sharing it with the fans at home.

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"This is for everybody who worked on the film. This is for them, it's like Best Picture. This is a great event for me, and for anybody who liked the movie."

And it was an especially great night for actress Anne Hathaway, who brought home her first Oscar. When walking on stage, the first thing she said was, "It came true." A statement which she was asked to explain backstage, bringing her to tears.

"I had a dream. And it came true. And that can happen. And it was wonderful. And all I'm saying is that it can, and it did."

Read Neon Tommy's full coverage of the 2013 Oscars here.

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