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Hugh says being backstage at the Oscars is a privilege. "The thing that touched me the most, when people win ... the moment they cross over into the wings something incredible happens. They just melt," he says. "It just sinks in literally the moment they cross over. It's a very personal, very intense moment. It's almost like it's overwhelming when you see that happen to them. You just feel privileged to be there."

You also never know who you'll meet backstage, Hugh says. Near the end of the show, Hugh says he watched past Best Actor and Best Actress winners introduce the nominees on a monitor. "I was sitting there, and I heard, 'That is great.' And I was like, 'That was great,'" he says. "And I [see it's] Steven Spielberg. [I said,] 'Hi Steven, how are you?'"
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FROM: Oprah's After-Oscar Party 2009
Published on February 23, 2009

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