Oscar winners faced the press last night after their big moments on the Kodak Theater stage!
The Oscar wins Mar.7 truly reflected the epitome of great acting. Mo’Nique took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film Precious based on the novel Push by Sapphire. The award winning actress looked radiant in a royal blue gown and she admits there’s a special reason why she wore it. “It’s the color that Hattie McDaniel wore in 1940 when she accepted her Oscar,” says Mo’Nique. “The reason why I have this gardenia in my hair, it is the flower that Hattie McDaniel wore when she accepted her Oscar … So, for you, Ms. Hattie McDaniel, I feel you all over me, and it’s about time that the world feels you all over them.” Hattie won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind — she was the first African American to ever win an Oscar.
The dynamic actress went on to explain her strong support system. “You know, and I have said this before, I am married to an angel, and oftentimes I tell him, ‘I can see your wings,’” says Mo’Nique. “Because the best advice he gave me was, ‘Don’t judge it, just be it, and leave it on the floor.’ Mary Jones (her character in the film) was left on the studio floor, so when I went home, I was Mrs. Hicks, Sidney Hicks’ wife. I was Mommy to David, Jonathan, Michael, and Shawann.”
Jeff Bridges took home the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Bad Blake in Crazy Heart. When asked what he contributes his success to without hesitation he says his wife Susan. “She holds that kite string,” says the Oscar winner. “Let’s me go way out there, and then it’s so sweet being reeled back in. I love coming home … But my wife and my girls, I guess the girls are the tail of the kite, keep me centered like that. My girl, my daughters.”
The first time Oscar winner knows he was up against some heavy competition in his category but he realizes everyone is working towards the same goal … making a great film. ” Sometimes I’ll think of movies as a great example for the way the world can work,” says Jeff. “You have all these different opinions, and all these different ways we can work together. And we can make the most beautiful movie we can make, and we have the opportunity to make this the most beautiful world too.”
When we ran into Sex and the City star John Corbett at the 20th Annual Night of 100 Stars Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel he was definitely on point with his top picks! “I like Inglorious Basterds but Avatar will win,” says John. “I really like Jeff Bridges, I’m sure he’ll win.”
John couldn’t have been more right! By the end of the evening Avatar took home three Oscars, Jeff won Best Actor, and Inglorious Basterds star Christoph Waltz walked away with the Academy Award for best supporting actor!