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The Juicy Bits You Missed From The Oscars Press Room

"12 Years a Slave" snagged Best Picture at the Oscars (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Sure, there may have been slices of pizza being passed around the Dolby Theatre, but back at the press room, there were yet more surprises from the Oscar winners: director Steve McQueen explained his high jump on stage, Brad Pitt divulged the dirty things he had to do before he got to the Oscars and Jared Leto became a minor press room hero.

Jared Leto Gets Everyone to Fondle His Oscars Statue:

Leto was on a high after winning his first Best Supporting Actor statuette for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, so much so that he wanted to share the love and asked everyone in the press room to "fondle" his statuette. We all grabbed hold of it (and it was pretty heavy—at least 10 pounds) and let our grubby hands fingerprint the shiny gold. He encouraged us to do more with it: "If you guys want to get a selfie with the Oscar, go for it. Now's your chance." Of course, everyone was quickly warned they weren't allowed to take photos in the room. He became a semi-hero for the night by saying, "Oh, no fun. You guys want to get media, let the media do what they do. Viva la revolution, baby." Everyone cheered.

How Robin Mathews' Had To Use Grits and Cornmeal On Matthew McConaughey as Makeup:

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It's pretty amazing what Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews were able to do with hair and makeup for Dallas Buyers Club, considering they only had a scant $250 budget to work with (the entire film was only made on $4.5 million!). Mathews explained how she had to go back to "old‑school techniques, you know, back to stuff they did in the silent days." That included using grits and cornmeal on Matthew McConaughey to replicate the rashes with yellow pustules that people with AIDS would get. McConaughey was a strong advocate that she do it with low-end techniques.

"I can't put grits and cornmeal on your face, dude," Mathews recalled telling him. "And he insisted I do it because it looked right. It matched the pictures. So I'm really glad it turned out okay, because I thought it might be the end of my career."

20 Feet From Stardom Director Morgan Neville On Darlene Love's Impromptu Singing On Stage:

When Morgan Neville was asked if he was surprised if Darlene Love burst into song on stage when they accepted the award for Best Documentary Feature, he said he "had a hunch." "They sing all the time," Neville said. "It's what they do, you know. The question was, was the orchestra going to drown her out and would she start singing lyrics over the orchestra."

"That's the thing," he added, "that's how they express joy is music, and I'm so happy she had the chance to do it. And I just had the biggest goose bumps, I mean that was an incredible moment for me."

Lupita Nyong'o On What It Was Like To Be 'Bear-Hugged' By Liza Minnelli:

Lupita Nyong'o got a surprise hug from Liza Minnelli when she walked to the stage to grab her Best Supporting Actress statuette. How did she feel about it? "Oh, dear," she said. "I felt quite fabulous." (Of course she would, it's Liza!)

Glowing in her beautiful powder-blue gown, she talked about her win just as she did on stage and said she felt like "Willy Wonka in the chocolate factory." When one reporter asked her: "The Mexicana academy mentions you as one of their own, as a Mexican nominee. How much of this triumph belongs to Mexico?" She replied, "I think it belongs to me," and laughed.

What Alfonso Cuarón Would Have Said On Stage if He Hadn't Been Cut Off:

Although Alfonso Cuarón had plenty of chances to speak after winning the Best Film Editing award (seriously, he cleaned up nicely at the Oscars with Best Director too!), he did get cut off during his acceptance speech. He talked about what he would have said—and it would've been mostly a tribute to Sandra Bullock: "Pretty much I think that something was forgotten in the speech is that all of this is thanks to Sandra Bullock. I mean everything that we were doing was honoring Sandra Bullock's performance, and even all the light and all the wizardry doesn't make any sense without that emotional part that was embodied by her. And, also, you know, like, thank my family." (Oh yeah, them too.)

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Matthew McConaughey On True Detective:

I admit that when Matthew McConaughey won Best Lead Actor, all I could think about was his role as Rust Cohle in True Detective. Seriously, the second-to-the-last episode of the addictive HBO show was airing at that very moment he got in the press room. He mentioned this episode and asked if anyone had seen it, and almost in unison, everyone screamed out, "No spoilers!"

He also talked about how his wife and children all followed him wherever worked—even when he did up to four films a year. "And also, my wife and I were talking about it this morning when we woke up, not knowing what would happen tonight, saying, hey, whatever happens tonight, four years ago, I decided to go to work doing four films a year," McConaughey said. "That was easy for me to do. She came with the kids, followed me everywhere, and we went, and it was harder for her than it was for me."

But best of all, he commented on the term "McConaissance" that's been floating around; he had first heard it at Sundance: "I was like, I don't know what that is, but it sounds good."

Steve McQueen Talks About His Jump Onstage, Brad Pitt On Doing Dirty Work:

When Steve McQueen was asked about his jump on stage when he was awarded Best Picture, he said he was actually "cool as a cucumber" and followed that with, "So, Van Halen&mdash'Jump'." (Perfect, in every way possible.)

Brad Pitt talked a little about how he prepared that morning for the big day. "I had to clean up dog poop today... in my bedroom." Very glamorous, indeed.

Cate Blanchett Gets Sassy And Explains (Kind Of) Her Julia Roberts Shout-Out:

Cate Blanchett's dress is way heavier than it looks on screen. It was jingling like a belly dancers' coined scarf belt (times a million). She talked a little bit about why she told Best Lead Actress loser Julia Roberts "Hashtag suck it" in her acceptance speech. "It happened in the bar with Ms. Roberts, and that's all I am prepared to say," Blanchett said.

However, she rounded out the night with the best soundbite ever. A reporter asked, "But I want to ask you about the fact that you are the first Australian actor/actress ever to win two Oscars."

Her response? "And don't you fucking forget it."

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