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We can’t all score an invite to a star-studded Oscar after-party, but luckily, Oprah Winfrey can hook us up. On Monday, she aired her sixth annual After-Oscars Party episode from the Kodak Theater -- site of the previous night's ceremony. What did the four acting-award winners reveal when they sat down to bask in the Oprah love?
First the hoarse daytime queen (who'd clearly been out at some actual after-parties) gushed,
Running on just two hours of sleep,
Mo'Nique addressed why she didn't campaign for her award like other Hollywood insiders do. "Everybody kept saying, 'She won’t promote the movie,'" she explained. "I said, 'Well, do you know about this little show called Oprah Winfrey?' Because I’d done the show twice....It was just that not only am I a late-night talk show host, not only am I an actress, not only am I a stand-up comedian, I’m also a mother, I’m also a wife. So, it’s like 'Guys, we gotta make this make sense.'"
Newly minted Best Actor Jeff Bridges relayed the unique and valuable career advice he’d heard from Francis Ford Coppola: “The most important thing for an actor is to get married.” Bridges went on to elaborate: “All the stuff in the movies and plays, they’re all about love. It gets you involved with what life’s all about.” Bridges also divulged that “from here, I'm going to a play with the Coen Brothers, and then we will fly to Santa Fe and start our movie True Grit” (a remake of the classic John Wayne western, with Bridges in Wayne's role).
After chatting with Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz, Winfrey invited Precious' Fletcher on stage. The Best Adapted Screenplay winner had been too stunned to speak at the Oscars podium. “I know there was a particular person that you wanted to thank....” she said. “You get a do-over.” The grateful screenwriter then thanked Sapphire, author of Push (which the film was based on), as well as the cast and crew, and Winfrey (a producer on the Oscar-nominated drama).
Winfrey enlisted pal Nate Berkus to interview celebs behind the scenes (Cameron Diaz offered this beauty hint: “If you don’t want anyone to look at the rest of your face, wear bright red lipstick”). When Rachel McAdams admitted her dress was cumbersome, Berkus unwittingly made her point by getting his mic tangled up it. It was actually a cute moment (aside from home-design tips, being cute is Berkus' specialty!).
Style guru Carson Kressley dropped by to count down his top five gowns, and he named:
5. Anna Kendrick in Elie Saab Couture. (“Very, very pretty.”)
4. Queen Latifah in Badgley Mischka. (“She’s never looked better....It was very flattering for her shape.”)
3. Vera Farmiga in Marchesa. (“A controversial dress because it was so over the top....You either love it or you hate, and I loved it.”)
2. Jennifer Lopez in Armani Privé. (“This was my 'Wow' dress, the oh-my-gosh stunner....She knows how to rock it, Jenny from the Block.”)
1. Sandra Bullock in Marchesa. (I just thought that she looked like she came to get her Oscar....Her stylist knew she was gonna win.”)
The Oscars are the most anticipated night in Hollywood and they're over in just one evening. Thanks, Oprah, for keeping the day-after momentum alive!
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