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he Academy Award winners had more to say than just the thank yous and musings they shared from the stage on Sunday night. Behind the scenes, those with Oscars in hand talked more about what it meant to win — as well as how they prepped for the big day and how they'd be partying into the next one.
Brad Pitt and Steve McQueen, best picture, '12 Years a Slave'
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McQueen, on what inspired his onstage jump (at the end of his acceptance speech): "You saw the jump; I'm so ecstatic for us all. It's not a dream, it's a reality. Van Halen — JUMP!"
Pitt, on what he did to prepare for Oscar day: "I had to clean up dog poop today. In my bedroom."
Pitt, on developing and working on the movie: "I love this movie. As a lover of film, this heroic story, it's counterintuitive to the way films are made today. ... It’s important we understand our history not for any kind of guilt but so we can understand who we were and better understand who we are now ... and most importantly understand who we’re gonna be."
McQueen, on the current relevance of '12 Years': "The background characters are now in the foreground. It’s indicative of what’s going on now. ... I think people are ready for this narrative. Before it was, of course, quite painful. People want to look at it, embrace it. Like Brad said, if we don’t know our past, we’ll never know our future."
Matthew McConaughey, best actor, 'Dallas Buyers Club'
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How it feels to hold an Oscar: "It feels, I’m not gonna say surreal. I did not expect it. ... I’m standing here now — I got a prize for excellence for work I do. It’s not my job, it’s not my fad, it’s not my hobby, it’s my career. That’s a very special thing."
What is it like to be behind the scenes of the 'McConnaissance'? "Someone first said that to me at Sundance. I don’t know what that is but it sounds good."
Cate Blanchett, best actress, 'Blue Jasmine'
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On being the first Australian two-time acting winner: "Don't you (expletive) forget it!"
You were the front-runner all season, does that add more pressure? "YES! An intense, unbearable pressure which I’m so glad it’s over."
What's the post-Oscars plan? "Putting on my pajamas, going dancing. Maybe it's easier dancing in your pajamas."
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