Although Gayle originally planned to wear a red gown by Angel Sanchez to the ceremony, she changed into a silver Tadashi dress at the last minute amid fears of the red gown clashing with the curtains. "I thought, '[Angel] worked so hard for no one to see it,'" she says. So Gayle decided to show off her unworn gown on The Oprah Show.
Gayle says one of her favorite moments of the evening was Martin Scorsese's first Oscar win for directing The Departed—which also won best picture. "I thought that was one of the highlights because there was such love and admiration for him backstage. Everybody just poured out of all the rooms to hug and kiss him. It was very, very sweet," Gayle says.