BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW SNIPPETS
BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW SNIPPETS
CATEGORY: Costume Design – INTERVIEW WITH: Mark Bridges
Q. Is Jean as great a guy as we think he is?
A. Yes, and then some. He’s an extraordinary person, yes.
CATEGORY: Art Direction – INTERVIEW WITH: Production Design: Dante Ferretti, Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo – FILM: “Hugo”
Q. When you were on stage you mentioned the fact that this was for Italy, and I was wondering for you, do you feel like this award is for your country?
A. (FRANCESCA LO SCHIAVO) Yeah.
CATEGORY: Cinematography – INTERVIEW WITH: Robert Richardson – FILM: “Hugo”
Q. You did make a comment on stage about the cinematography award being first. Were you serious? Is that something that’s bothering you or do you have strong feelings about that?
A. No. It’s a fear factor. Yeah, of course. Cinematography. We are behind the lens. We are not in front of the lens. So, it made it a little complex for me to walk up there.
CATEGORY: Makeup – INTERVIEW WITH: Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland – FILM: “The Iron Lady”
Q. Hey, uhm, what was the most difficult part of turning Meryl Streep into the Iron Lady makeup wise?
A. J. ROY HELLAND: The budget.
CATEGORY: Sound Editing – INTERVIEW WITH: Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty – FILM: “Hugo”
Q. It’s your first win. Just tell us how you’re feeling right now and what it means to you.
A. EUGENE GEARTY: We’re feeling pretty darn good, I’d say. It means a lot to us to be here. Pretty great.
A. PHILIP STOCKTON: Absolute honor.
CATEGORY: Film Editing – INTERVIEW WITH: Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall – FILM: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Q. Number two in a row. Are you getting used to this now? You seem genuinely surprised. I think you thought you would have no hope?
A. Baxter: We weren’t expecting it at all and there’s no getting used to this. This is a very absurd place to be standing.
A. Wall: Quite so.
CATEGORY: Sound Mixing – INTERVIEW WITH: Tom Fleischman and John Midgley – FILM: “Hugo”
Q. So, you are sitting there in the theatre and, clearly, HUGO is racking up technical award after technical award. Did you begin to feel like “this is going to be our night”? Did you dare to think that and what swept through your heads when they did call your name?
A. Fleischman: Well, it’s been a long time coming. And I was, I am still in shock.
CATEGORY: Animated Feature Film – INTERVIEW WITH: Gore Verbinski – FILM: “Rango”
Q. Gore, if you ever allowed yourself to dream of winning an Oscar, did you hope that it was going to be for a live action or for animation?
A. I don’t know. I feel like I’m dreaming right now, so I don’t think it matters. I mean, it’s here. It’s in my hand. It’s very heavy. It feels good.
CATEGORY: Supporting Actor – INTERVIEW WITH: Christopher Plummer – FILM: “Beginners”
Q. The obvious question: How does it feel to be the oldest Oscar winner ever?
A. I don’t believe that for a second. I think that Charlie Chaplin, even though it was an honorary Oscar wasn’t he 83? I mean, an honorary Oscar after all is an Oscar, we hope. I’m not sure, but it feels pretty good anyway.
CATEGORY: Documentary (Feature) – INTERVIEW WITH: TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas – FILM: “Undefeated”
Q. Hi, congratulations. You guys dropped the F bomb on stage. What do you have to say to that?
A. DAN LINDSAY: Why did that have to be the first question?
A. TJ MARTIN: First and foremost, I’d actually like to apologize. That wasn’t the classiest thing in the world.
CATEGORY: Music (Original Score) – INTERVIEW WITH: Ludovic Bource – FILM: “The Artist”
Q. Hi. This is a silent film, and I just wondered for you, the music plays so much a part of this. Do you feel like this was a character in the film?
A. Yes. Music is it’s a character in the movie and it’s a unique language and I’m so honored to have been able to have made this movie thanks to Michel Hazanavicius.
CATEGORY: Short Film (Live Action) – INTERVIEW WITH: Terry George and Oorlagh George – FILM: “The Shore”
Q. So my question for guys is are you ready for the ride of your life starting tonight?
A. Terry George: I actually thought it had happened already, but I’ll take your word for it.
CATEGORY: Foreign Language Film – INTERVIEW WITH: Asghar Farhadi – FILM: “A Separation” – Iran
[translated by an interpreter.]
Q. Congratulations. You’re the first winner from Iran. Obviously the Iranians are so happy for you right now; they’re excited all around the board. What is your message to the people and how this award can impact their lives, especially in such a difficult time?
A. I’m very happy about this award and I believe that Iranian people are also very happy, and this is what really matters to me.
CATEGORY: Short Film (Animated) – INTERVIEW WITH: William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg – FILM: “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”
Q. To your right. Talk about what this now means for Moonbot and Louisiana.
A. WILLIAM JOYCE: I think an atomic joy bomb has just exploded in the northern part of Louisiana and the radioactivity will be of a very instructive and constructive type.
CATEGORY: Music (Original Song) – INTERVIEW WITH: Bret McKenzie – SONG: “Man or Muppet” – FILM: “The Muppets”
Q. So here you are joining the ranks of Hugh Jackman, Jane Campion. How does such a tiny country like New Zealand produce so many award winning artists, and there you are joining them?
A. Uhm, well, it’s a great place to grow up. You can do whatever you want there.
CATEGORY: Documentary (Short Subject) – INTERVIEW WITH: Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy – FILM: “Saving Face”
Q. When you look back at the challenges that you have to go through while making this movie and, obviously, you overcame them, how do you feel about that now that you’ve won the Oscar?
A. DANIEL JUNGE: Any and all films are challenging, especially for we documentary filmmakers and even more so when you are documenting such dark, difficult subject matter.
CATEGORY: Visual Effects – INTERVIEW WITH: Rob Legato, Joss Williams (absent), Ben Grossman and Alex Henning – FILM: “Hugo”
Q. Being involved in special effects, can you talk about that participation and how that came about.
A. Henning: That is an odd question.
A. Grossmann: I picked someone that was the backbone of what we had to do for the majority of visual effects here.
CATEGORY: Supporting Actress – INTERVIEW WITH: Octavia Spencer – FILM: “The Help”
Q. There’s something that stuck out to me in your acceptance speech and you thanked your HELP cast for how they helped you to transform into your character.
A. I said that? I don’t even remember what I said. I’m sorry.
CATEGORY: Lead Actress – INTERVIEW WITH: Meryl Streep – FILM: “The Iron Lady”
Q. You had mentioned that it has been a long time since the last time you won. Were you worried that it never was going to happen again?
A. No. I have everything I’ve ever dreamed of in my life.
CATEGORY: Best Picture – INTERVIEW WITH: Thomas Langmann, Producer – FILM: “The Artist”
Q. Have a good luck charm. You said you are superstitious.
A. I must say my daughter gave me a coin and that I had in my pocket.
CATEGORY: Directing – INTERVIEW WITH: Michel Hazanavicius – FILM: “The Artist”
Q. [Speaks in French] If you don’t mind translating, please.
A. So I thanked Billy Wilder three times, because I had to make it short, but I could thank him, like, a thousand times.
CATEGORY: Lead Actor – INTERVIEW WITH: Jean Dujardin – FILM: “The Artist”
Q. Sir, with your great success in this silent movie, are you concerned with the effort to make a transition into talkies?
A. JEAN DUJARDIN: In America? I’m not American actor. I’m a French actor, and I continue in France but it’s possible.
CATEGORY: Adapted Screenplay – INTERVIEW WITH: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash – FILM: “The Descendants”
Q. Tell me about kind of making fun of her to her face right there and like how did that come about, and how hot is she?
A. NAT FAXON: She’s supremely hot.