Sandra Bullock was happy with her career, doing movies she loved but not necessarily looking to win an Oscar, and then out of nowhere came her award-winning "Blind Side" role.
And to think, she almost turned it down.
"This came out of left field," the actress explained backstage at the awards show Sunday. "This was the film I said no to. I didn't see it coming; no one saw it coming."
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Best actor Oscar winner Jeff Bridges has a few things in common with his hard-drinking, country star character Bad Blake in “Crazy Heart.”
“The music - that's where I most identified with Bad,” Bridges said, adding that he’s “been writing and playing since a kid.”
But unlike Bad, Bridges has never had four wives – just one strong marriage to a great wife, whom he thanked during his Oscar acceptance speech.
Mo'Nique assured the press backstage that everything she needed to say she'd already said when she accepted the Oscar for best supporting actress.
Reveling in the moment, she said, "I'm a stand-up comedian who just won an Oscar."
But for the "Precious" actress, her win was bigger than her. In her acceptance speech, she acknowledged Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Academy Award, and backstage, Mo'Nique was still expressing her gratitude to those who came before her.
"The Hurt Locker" screenwriter Mark Boal took home the award for best original screenplay. The movie gives a perspective of the Iraq war that one sergeant from Michigan has claimed in a lawsuit is actually his.
When asked about it backstage, Boal said, "The screenplay is a work of fiction. It is not based on anyone's story, and that is all I have to say."
The 82nd annual Academy Awards show is over, and while there were very few surprises, "The Hurt Locker" taking best picture was one of them. Here is the full list of winners:
11:58 p.m.: Best picture goes to "The Hurt Locker"
11:55 p.m.: Best director goes to Kathryn Bigelow
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