Backstage at the Oscars 2012

Everyone knows there’s going to be an incessant dissection of dress, dates and movie winners right after the Oscars end. But what we really want to know is what the stars said backstage and about each other. Here are a few of the best quoted gems from our Hollywood-focused mags:

Entertainment Weekly:

Brett McKenzie (winner for Best Song “Man or Muppet”) joked “I want to collaborate with Chris Cooper on a rap album”

Meryl Streep (Best Actress in The Iron Lady) – On seeing herself in the Margaret Thatcher makeup: “When we first had the old-age makeup on, I saw my dad. Maybe my dad looked like Margaret Thatcher.”

Christopher Plummer (Best Supporting Actor winner, Beginners) – On being the oldest Oscar winner (he’s 82): “I don’t believe that for a second. Charlie Chaplin — wasn’t he 83 even though it was an honorary Oscar? After all, an honorary Oscar is an Oscar.”


There were some real zingers on stage. This one from Bridesmaids nominee Melissa McArthy directed at Billy Crystal gave everyone a laugh – “How about we make this dressing room an undressing room?”

“When they called my name I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, ‘Oh no … her again.’ But, whatever.” – Meryl Streep, after winning for The Iron Lady.


Chef Wolfgang Puck wouldn’t reveal what exactly the stars said at his after party, just what he was serving up (gold foil wrapped potatoes with caviar made especially for George Clooney).


An unlikely winner for The Help, Octavia Spencer, was just full of tears and emotion. Her co-actress Viola Davis said along side her, “I really understand I’ll never be up here again,” before gazing into the audience and adding, “I see my life before my eyes.”

The New Yorker:

Tom Sherak (President of the Academy) – About Angelina Jolie’s velvet black dress baring practically her entire leg: “Thank you for sharing”.