The 85th annual Academy Awards took place on Feb. 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Here is what this Oscar winner said backstage in the Academy Awards press room.
(“Silver Linings Playbook”)
What do you think you Oscar win means to people who are suffering from mental illness, such as being bipolar?
I don’t think that we’re going to stop until we get rid of the stigma for mental illness. I know David [O. Russell, the screenwriter/director of “Silver Linings Playbook”] won’t, and I hope that this helps. It’s just so it’s so bizarre how in this world, if you have asthma, you take asthma medicine; if you have diabetes, you take diabetes medicine. If you have to take medication for your mind, there’s such a stigma behind it.
What was your process of getting ready for the Oscars? How many people helped you?
The process today was so stressful. I felt like Steve Martin in “Father of the Bride” watching my house just be torn apart, and my whole family was getting ready. I mean, my friends stopped by. It was kind of fun, but it was mostly chaotic, yeah.
Oh, what was the process? I don’t know. I just woke up and tried on a dress, and it fit, thank God, and then I took a shower. I don’t know what I was; that’s what I did. And then I got my hair and makeup done, and then I came to the Oscars. I’m sorry. I did a shot before. Jesus.
You fell on the way up to the stage. Was that on purpose?
[She says jokingly] Absolutely.
What do you mean what happened? Look at my dress. I tried to walk up stairs in this dress. That’s what happened. I think I just stepped on the fabric and they waxed the stairs.
What was going through your mind when you first fell?
What went through my mind when I fell down? A bad word that I can’t say that starts with “F.”
At 22 years old, you’ve got your first Oscar, and you’ve already had two nominations. It’s awfully young to have so much success so far. Do you feel that it’s a good thing that it’s coming so early in the career?
I hope so. Yeah. I mean, I who knows. I guess we’ll see.
You are not worried about peaking too soon?
Well, now I am.
Aside from this Oscar, of course, what has been different than two years ago when you were nominated and when you were preparing for this date?
Preparing for the day? Well, I didn’t eat today because I was so stressed and then I was starving in the car ride over, and that sucked. But I don’t know. I think I was less nervous because I had been through it before, and I know more people. Last time, I was brand new to the industry, and I was and I didn’t know anybody.
So I would always go to these things and I see all these people like hugging, and like, “Oh, my God, John, how are you?” And I am just like “Er, er, er.” And so, I know more people, and that makes it a lot less awkward.
What did you think of Seth MacFarlane’s performance as host of the Oscars this year? Did you like the boob song?
I did. I loved the boob song. I thought he was great, I thought he was hilarious.
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