++ ”You look gorgeous.” “No, you look gorgeous.” “No, YOU look gorgeous.” Jennifer Lawrence and Sally Field, backstage.
++ Jamie Foxx backstage high fiving all the high school dancers from HAPPY. “Nice job. Next time — Source Awards!”
++ Channing Tatum bear-hugs Magic Mike co-star Matthew McConaughey off the ground backstage, says: “Just a chip shot away, my friend.”
++ Ellen giving hugs to Liza Minnelli during commercial break.
++ Jared Leto lets the media pass his Oscar around during his press-room interview. ”Does anyone want to try it out for size? You can, if anybody wants to fondle. Pass it around. But if you have swine flu, please don’t touch it. I bet this is a first. The first person to ever give their Oscar away for an orgy with the media. … If you want to take a selfie, go for it.”
++ Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes a selfie backstage with Emma Watson.
++ Brad Pitt vs. Christoph Waltz: Once he carved a swastika into his forehead, now they embrace in a big squeeze backstage.
++ Cate Blanchett in the Dolby Lobby. “I’ve got a little bit of a headache. Didn’t sleep very well.” Does she ever sleep well the night before Oscars? “Nah, it’s not that. Too much time between drinks.”
++ Glenn Close cheers for Lupita Nyong’o's win. “She’s just out of drama school!” she says to those around her. She then shushes crowd in the Dolby bar when Lupita speaks. The bar goes quiet.
++ Many tears backstage for Lupita Nyong’o.
++ Michael Fassbender was in the Dolby lobby and missed Lupita Nyong’o's win. “I’m amazed!” he says. “I should be there.”
++ Lady Gaga arrives at Elton John’s Oscar viewing party trailed by a swarm of photographers. Goes straight for a smoke.
++ They are seriously eating that pizza. Meryl Streep just gave Julia Roberts a napkin.
++ Sally Hawkins chatting up Bruce Dern in the lobby. Laura Dern joins the conversation. “Your dad is so funny,” Hawkins tells her.
++ Jennifer Lawrence, at the lobby bar, admits that she really did stumble on her way into the show: “I was waving to the fans and I tripped over a cone!”
++ Barkhad Abdi says he didn’t know what Ellen DeGeneres meant when she called him a sommelier: “That’s why I didn’t laugh.”
++ Pink killed in the room. Standing ovation went on after cameras went off.
++ Cate Blanchett watches the In Memoriam segment in the lobby bar as Philip Seymour Hoffman comes up on the screen. She stares ahead, standing next to her husband. Sally Hawkins is behind her, rubbing her back. Then as Bette Milder comes out to start singing, Blanchett turns away, trying not to cry. Blanchett, her agent, Hilda Queally, her husband Andrew, her publicist, and Sally Hawkins decide to toast Hoffman. Then Queally, trying to lighten the mood, says “I’m going to have Mu-silly tomorrow. We should all have Mu-silly.” Cate explains: “We were all in LA, it was after Talented Mr. Ripley and we were having breakfast at the Hotel Bel Air. Everyone was ordering eggs until it gets to Phil. ‘I’ll have Mu-silly.’ We all started cracking up. He wanted Muesli but he had never ordered it before. It became the best joke.”
++ Julia Roberts moved to tears in Dolby bar after listening to Bette Midler. Companion grabs bar napkin to blot her tears and Cate Blanchett comforts her from nearby. Now those two are deep in conversation.
++ Gravity‘s Alfonso Cuaron walks backstage after winning Best Director, is grasped by Daniel Day-Lewis and gasps, stricken: “Señor!”
++ Backstage after their Best Picture win, Brad Pitt kisses Steve McQueen full on the mouth. “I’ve just made every man and certain women jealous!” a mindblown McQueen says (backwards)
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Julia Roberts Cries During "Wind Beneath My Wings," Bonds With Cate Blanchett at Oscars Bar
There weren't many dry eyes in the house inside the Dolby Theatre during Bette Midler's soaring performance of "Wind Beneath My Wings" following the always-emotional In Memoriam segment at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2. But the moment proved especially poignant for Julia Roberts, who was grabbing a drink in the lounge outside the auditorium with her agent and other pals, including Cate Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton, during the song. Watching Midler croon her classic ballad about a deceased loved one (from the tearjerker Beaches) on a monitor, Roberts, 46, began crying, according to an observer.
"This song always makes me cry, but I'm just overwhelmed with emotions this month," the August: Osage County star told the group, according to the eyewitness. That's understandable: Less than a month ago, the movie star's half-sister Nancy Motes was found dead of an apparent overdose at the age of 37.
For her part, Best Actress winner Blanchett, 44, took the moment to mourn the loss of close pal Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was remembered during the tribute. "It's f----ing terrible. How many more people have to die?! It's awful," the Blue Jasmine star said as the two women clinked glasses in agreement. Blanchett's director husband Upton briefly mentioned Motes during the chat, but then quickly apologized to a still-tearful Roberts --who assured him she wasn't offended, the observer adds.
The group also got emotional over another fallen friend: Hollywood camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was killed at age 27 last month while working on the film Midnight Rider. Jones had been the subject of an online petition which urged for her inclusion during the onscreen In Memoriam segment. Her name and photo briefly flashed at the bottom of the screen during Midler's performance.
"We got her in!" a Roberts pal said during the song.
On a much lighter note, later in the evening, Blanchett name-checked Roberts when she accepted her Best Actress award: "Hash Tag Suck It!" she quipped to Roberts.
Blanchett explained, sort of, backstage, what that meant: "It happened in the bar with Ms. Roberts, and that's all I am prepared to say."