Oprah's After-Oscar Party 2011
Many in the press were naming Colin as the odds-on favorite to win Best Actor for his portrayal of King George VI, and Colin says the buzz was hard to ignore. "You try to ignore this stuff. People telling you you're a front-runner is not that helpful in the peace-of-mind stakes, because you can then only lose."
When his name was called, he says it sounded like "someone else's name being read out." Oprah points out that Colin appeared to be very calm in his acceptance speech, so she asks Colin if he did the "happy dance" backstage. "I had to go and find a secluded spot for that...nobody needs to witness that," Colin jokes.
"We text each other...we write to each other sort of as famous couples, [like] Thelma and Louise," Geoffrey jokes. "He said once, 'You're an Andrews sister to my Andrews sister.'"
What did Colin give Geoffrey on the day of the Oscars? Watch now!
Geoffrey, who also served as an executive producer on the film, says he's been "blown away" by its success. Initially, though, he says he had his doubts that people would want to see it.
"This is about two middle-aged men who became friends. This is not a genre that has lines around the block," he says. "But we knew there was a wonderful story to be told, so we knuckled down and go on and made the film. Bit by bit, audiences became aware of it and started to give it standing ovations and going to see it two or three times."
Tom says being up on stage was a blur but he did remember one thing—he forgot to email back Hilary Swank! He says when the actress came onto the stage to present the Best Director award, he suddenly remembered that she had sent him a nice email that he never responded to.
"When I got up on the stage, I kissed her hello and I told her I'm sorry and how much I loved the email and she said, 'I can't believe you're using the Kodak Theatre and winning the Oscar to tell me that,'" Tom says.
How did Anne get her Oscar hosting gig? She tells the real story—watch now!
Anne says she just "came to have a good time," and she definitely accomplished that. "I had a blast. I kept waiting to become nervous...and the whole thing from beginning to end was just a pure joy," she says. "I was so glad to be part of a team. I thought my co-host James Franco did an incredible job."
Anne says she and James had a lot of fun playing off their different energies, especially when they shot the opening sequence—a process that took about five weeks due to James' busy school schedule.
"In addition to hosting the Oscars and being nominated himself, he's also a student at two different universities and is getting his PhD," Anne says. "As soon as the [Oscar] show ended, he hopped a plane and is in class right now. ... I just partied. I said, 'I'm partying and doing Oprah...you can go to class!"
In fact, Melissa was so blown away by her first Oscar win that she had a little slip-up: According to the Academy, she was the first person in Oscar history to drop the F-word during an acceptance speech. "I find that shocking!" Melissa says. "I grew up with it as a part of my vernacular. I accepted it as that, I brought my son up that way...but I also told him, 'Not in front of grandma!'"
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"I really believe that everyone has a spark, and that's why I wrote this song. You start with a spark, and then it's up to you to make it into a beautiful, glorious firework," Katy says.