Diane says winning the Oscar has also allowed her to pursue an off-screen passion—restoring the Spanish colonial architecture of southern California. One home Diane refurbished was featured in Architectural Digest, and she's currently writing a book on the subject. "Do you think that would have happened to me if I hadn't been in Annie Hall and won the Academy Award?" she asks. "Of course not. Never!"
Diane says Oscar® attendees have always put a lot of thought into their dress—but it's only recently that the red carpet has become a production of such "machine"-like proportions. Diane says designers in 1977 weren't beating down actress's doors with dozens of gowns—she remembers going to the store to pick out her own outfit.
Two years earlier, when Diane was presenting the 1975 Best Director Oscar to Milos Forman for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, she drove herself to the Oscars and parked her Volkswagen in the garage!
Hollywood pressures weigh less heavily on Diane—she says she's wary of jumping on the plastic surgery bandwagon. "The reason I haven't is because I'd like to go out authentic," she says.
When Oprah asks Diane to describe Jack Nicholson, her co-star in Something's Gotta Give, she just can't hide her true feelings. "Here's the thing about Jack. I love him. He's the man I love...but he doesn't feel that way about me," she laughs.
More than 20 years ago, Diane worked with screen legend Warren Beatty on the film Reds. During that time, she says Warren really figured her out. Once Warren told her, "'Diane, you are a late developer.' And that's exactly what I am!" she says.
As for Keanu Reeves, who played her younger love interest in Something's Gotta Give, "I'm going to marry him," Diane says with a grin.
One of Diane's most memorable movie kisses was from Mel Gibson during the 1984 filming of Mrs. Soffel. "I kept playing that [kiss] over and over in my mind for a year," she says. "Let me tell you about movie kisses, okay? ... They're why I became an actress!"
When you tune into the 78th Annual Academy Awards, don't expect to see Diane walking the red carpet or schmoozing with celebrities at a glitzy gala. Diane plans to watch the drama unfold on television like everyone else! "I like to share it with my very close friends and really have fun," she says.
Emma's impressive resumé also includes three Oscar nominations for her acting roles in The Remains of the Day, In the Name of the Father and Sense and Sensibility.
Though Emma's proud of her Oscar wins, her houseguests shouldn't expect to see the golden statuettes in an elaborate display case. Her Oscars can be found in a very unlikely location.
Emma believes these awards changed her life and career. Growing up in England, Emma says she never realized how important the Academy Awards were because they weren't broadcast in Britain. In 1992, when she arrived in Los Angeles as a first-time nominee, the significance began to sink in. During the awards, Emma's own mother said she didn't have a "snowball's chance in hell" of winning...but she did! "I was totally shocked," Emma tells Oprah.
After the awards show, Emma says she wrapped her Oscar in a pair of socks and put it in her purse for the flight home. The gold-plated statue set off airport security alarms, and the screeners asked to unwrap the mysterious cargo from its sock casing. "It was as though they had unveiled the Ark of the Covenant," Emma remembers. "They all passed it around saying, 'Oh, look! Can we hold it?' ... It was very, very moving to me."
Across the pond, Emma says she was removed from the Hollywood hoopla, and her first Oscar win didn't seem to change her life much. It wasn't until her second win for Best Screenplay that the offers started pouring in. "Everyone asked me to write every single script," she says. "They want screenwriters who have a profile. ... But, of course, I'm the sort of writer that can only write when I really, really feel passionate."
It took Emma five years to complete the award-winning screenplay for Sense and Sensibility, and she spent nine years working on her most recent film, Nanny McPhee. Not only did Emma write the film, she also took on the snaggle-toothed title role!
As Nanny McPhee, Emma uses magical powers to wrangle seven unruly children into shape, but in real life, she has to rely on old-fashioned parenting methods to teach her daughter proper manners. "I'm strict about manners," she says. "I think that kids have a horrible time [with other people] if they have bad manners. ... The one thing you've got to be prepared to do as a parent is not to be liked from time to time."
Like Diane, Emma predicts that Reese Witherspoon will walk away with the Best Actress award. She's also rooting for her old friend Ang Lee to win the Best Director honor for his work on Brokeback Mountain.
Emma and the billion people expected to tune in to the Oscars will have to wait and see!