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Oscars on the scene: Reports from the theater, parties...and bathrooms!

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EW’s reporters were on the scene inside and all around the Kodak Theater as the Academy Awards were handed out on Sunday evening. Here’s a taste of what we saw and heard at the parties, bars, and, yes, bathrooms on Hollywood’s biggest night. And be sure to check out our EWPopWatch Twitter stream for more. (Reporting by Dave Karger, Ari Karpel, Whitney Pastorek, Nicole Sperling, Sean Smith, and Adam B. Vary)

* The Reader director Stephen Daldry to EW after the show: “Thank God Kate [Winslet] won. The show was brilliant. Ten

times better than usual. And I think Baz [Luhrmann, who choreographed one of the big musical numbers] is a genius.”

* Jerry Lewis, looking really irritated, trying to move through the crowd at the Governors Ball. Screams “Come on!!” At full volume. Oscar in hand.

* Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talking to a bunch of men at the Governors Ball — while sitting next to a bored-looking Heidi Klum!

* Judd Apatow, the man behind the Seth Rogen/James Franco short film, in an e-mail to EW after the show: It seemed to play well, “I am safe!”

* Best Actor presenter Sir Ben Kingsley, overheard after the

show while waiting for his wife to show up to the Governors Ball:

“Everyone got their moment in the spotlight. It was really wonderful.”

* Best Original Score and Best Original Song winner A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) backstage, on why M.I.A. didn’t perform with him tonight: “There’s more important things in her life. She had a baby, and she took care of

her baby.”

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DURING THE SHOW…

* Kate Winslet just walked through the lobby with her Oscar and got huge round of applause.

* Baz Luhrmann‘s wife just got her train stomped on. “You should never wear a train to the Oscars, but I do every year.”

* Man on Wire‘s Philippe Petit says he’ll high-wire in N.Y. this fall. “I am going to walk to a library, I won’t tell where.”

* Brad and Angelina just cut the line at the bar to get a drink. When they realized what happened, they apologized profusely to everyone.

* Sean Penn is at the bar drinking a Coke and talking about Man on Wire with a group of people.

* Philip Seymour Hoffman says he’s in a hat because he’s in a film with “crazy hair.” Says he’d “rather deal with hat jokes” than hair jokes.

* Spotted: Anne Hathaway chatting with Viola Davis. Peter Chernin chatting with Brad Grey.

* Spotted: Heidi Klum and Seal hiding out in a first-aid room, drinking champagne and eating a sandwich.

* All of Penelope Cruz‘s entourage have the letter “P” on their heads. They drew them on after she won.

* Mickey Rourke just ran in and out of the bathroom. Hugh Jackman‘s schmoozing with the audience during breaks is keeping everyone in their seats.

* Milk‘s Dustin Lance Black: “Harvey [Milk] gave me his story and it saved my life. I felt like it was time to pass it on.”

* Stephen Daldry on critical articles about The Reader: “I don’t recognize those. I take criticism but I don’t recognize those articles.”

* Emile Hirsch is wondering if he can bring a drink back to his seat.

* Elton John is totally riveted by Dustin Lance Black‘s speech.

* Penelope Cruz‘s sister is in the lobby bar getting texts from her sis and reading them to her dates. They posed for a pic and yelled “Viva Penelope!

ON THE RED CARPET AND BEFORE THE SHOW STARTED…

* David Frost said the last time he was here, The Deer Hunter won. “The red carpet has become much more of a machine.”

* Harvey Weinstein says he hopes all his hard work in promoting The Reader pays off for Kate Winslet: “She’s certainly deserving,” he said

* Slumdog Millionaire‘s Christian Coulson and Simon Beaufoy want two things after having been on the red carpet for 1 1/2 hours: a martini and a cigarette.

* Now the kids from Slumdog Millionaire just asked Meryl Streep for her autograph. She hugged them and said, “You are wonderful.”

* Brad Pitt on who took a longer doing their hair tonight, him or Angelina: “Always me.”

* At the end of the red carpet, the Slumdog Millionaire kids just asked Daniel Craig for his autograph.

* Frank Langella on the difference between his performance in Frost/Nixon the play and the movie: In the movie, “I could sit down more.”

* Overheard: Fox gossip guru Roger Friedman to Penelope Cruz: “If it doesn’t work out tonight, don’t blame me.”

* Overheard: Heidi Klum to Dev Patel. “You were a genius but your hair was much bigger.”

* Spotted: CAA partner Bryan Lourd in the third floor lobby. His shirt is studded with diamond cufflinks and studs — a gift from client Brad Pitt.

* Sean Penn shaking hands with Richard Jenkins. Sarah Jessica Parker fawning all over Jenkins and his turn in The Visitor.

* Robert Pattinson on the Oscars compared to Twilight premieres: “It’s more organized. At Twilight premieres, you think you’re going to die.”

* Turns out Zac Efron was waiting for his date, Vanessa Hudgens, who was being photographed. They walked into the Kodak Theatre holding hands.

* Doubt writer John Patrick Shanley says he’s working on an original script next. Will give only one-word hint: “Magic.”

DURING THE SHOW…

* Kate Winslet just walked through the lobby with her Oscar and got huge round of applause.

* Baz Luhrmann‘s wife just got her train stomped on. “You should never wear a train to the Oscars, but I do every year.”

* Man on Wire‘s Philippe Petit says he’ll high-wire in N.Y. this fall. “I am going to walk to a library, I won’t tell where.”

* Brad and Angelina just cut the line at the bar to get a drink. When they realized what happened, they apologized profusely to everyone.

* Sean Penn is at the bar drinking a Coke and talking about Man on Wire with a group of people.

* Philip Seymour Hoffman says he’s in a hat because he’s in a film with “crazy hair.” Says he’d “rather deal with hat jokes” than hair jokes.

* Spotted: Anne Hathaway chatting with Viola Davis. Peter Chernin chatting with Brad Grey.

* Spotted: Heidi Klum and Seal hiding out in a first-aid room, drinking champagne and eating a sandwich.

* All of Penelope Cruz‘s entourage have the letter “P” on their heads. They drew them on after she won.

* Mickey Rourke just ran in and out of the bathroom. Hugh Jackman‘s schmoozing with the audience during breaks is keeping everyone in their seats.

* Milk‘s Dustin Lance Black: “Harvey [Milk] gave me his story and it saved my life. I felt like it was time to pass it on.”

* Stephen Daldry on critical articles about The Reader: “I don’t recognize those. I take criticism but I don’t recognize those articles.”

* Emile Hirsch is wondering if he can bring a drink back to his seat.

* Elton John is totally riveted by Dustin Lance Black‘s speech.

* Penelope Cruz‘s sister is in the lobby bar getting texts from her sis and reading them to her dates. They posed for a pic and yelled “Viva Penelope!

ON THE RED CARPET AND BEFORE THE SHOW STARTED…

* David Frost said the last time he was here, The Deer Hunter won. “The red carpet has become much more of a machine.”

* Harvey Weinstein says he hopes all his hard work in promoting The Reader pays off for Kate Winslet: “She’s certainly deserving,” he said

* Slumdog Millionaire‘s Christian Coulson and Simon Beaufoy want two things after having been on the red carpet for 1 1/2 hours: a martini and a cigarette.

* Now the kids from Slumdog Millionaire just asked Meryl Streep for her autograph. She hugged them and said, “You are wonderful.”

* Brad Pitt on who took a longer doing their hair tonight, him or Angelina: “Always me.”

* At the end of the red carpet, the Slumdog Millionaire kids just asked Daniel Craig for his autograph.

* Frank Langella on the difference between his performance in Frost/Nixon the play and the movie: In the movie, “I could sit down more.”

* Overheard: Fox gossip guru Roger Friedman to Penelope Cruz: “If it doesn’t work out tonight, don’t blame me.”

* Overheard: Heidi Klum to Dev Patel. “You were a genius but your hair was much bigger.”

* Spotted: CAA partner Bryan Lourd in the third floor lobby. His shirt is studded with diamond cufflinks and studs — a gift from client Brad Pitt.

* Sean Penn shaking hands with Richard Jenkins. Sarah Jessica Parker fawning all over Jenkins and his turn in The Visitor.

* Robert Pattinson on the Oscars compared to Twilight premieres: “It’s more organized. At Twilight premieres, you think you’re going to die.”

* Turns out Zac Efron was waiting for his date, Vanessa Hudgens, who was being photographed. They walked into the Kodak Theatre holding hands.

* Doubt writer John Patrick Shanley says he’s working on an original script next. Will give only one-word hint: “Magic.”