The 87th Annual Academy Awards took place on Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Here is what this Oscar winner said backstage in the Academy Awards press room.
Five times nominated and you finally won an Oscar. Do you think they played a role in the way in that you won this for a film that meant so much to you?
Oh, I don’t know. I believe in hard work, actually, you know. Mostly I like stories about people. I like stories about real people and real relationships and real families, and that’s what I respond to. And this movie had all of those things in it.
It’s about a real issue and relationships and who we love and what we value. And so that’s important to me too. At the end of the day, it’s the work. You know, it’s being able to do work that I love that’s been so rewarding. And this is just amazing.
It’s obviously been a long road to get here today through the production, the filming in one season. How has your husband supported you through all this?
My husband has been amazing. He’s also the person who walked me up the steps. I don’t know if anyone saw that. But this is the first time I’ve told anybody this, and I’ll tell you guys in this room. He was the first person to see the movie. The first time I saw the cut, he came with me.
And I told the story about how I heard him crying, and I was like, “What’s going on?” When we walked out of there, he said, “You’re going to win an Oscar.” And I was like, “Come on!”
I swear to God, that’s what he said to me. And I just couldn’t believe he said that. But anyway, that’s how much he supported me from the very, very beginning.
At the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, you won Best Actress for “Maps to the Stars.” How does that experience compare to your Oscar experience tonight?
It’s been a lucky year. I can only compare them. They’re both fantastic movies with great parts. I was so lucky to get these great parts, and so close together. I didn’t really think much about it except that I was fortunate to get to kind of explore these really interesting characters. But I never imagined this.
I certainly never imagined that I would win Cannes in the spring and then kind of follow it up with an Oscar for another film. I keep saying this to my publicist who is over there. I’m like, “Is this happening? Can this be happening?” It’s pretty crazy.
Do you get to keep these awards together?
They’re all in my office. In the same, you know, really boring room. Yeah, they’re all together in there.
We’re very eager to see more films that are adult drama, serious films. Do you think that films like “Still Alice” and “Birdman” will have some sort of impact in an industry that is driven by these huge special-effects-type of movies?
I hope it does. I think there’s an audience for movies like this. I go to the movies because, like I said, I like to see complicated, interesting stories about people and relationships, you know. So I think whenever there’s success with films like this, even people think about them more. I don’t know. You know, you never know. You know, at the end of the day, Hollywood is also a business, so I think it depends on how many people buy tickets.
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