After Angelina Jolie won a Golden Globe Award for her performance last year as Gia, she jumped fully clothed into the swimming pool at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at 2 am. Clutching her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Girl, Interrupted, she was asked if she might repeat that impromptu dip. "Probably not, but I was eyeing the roof of the Shrine [Auditorium]. I guess I couldn't get up there in this dress. I'll probably do something weird, though."
Jolie added that her startlingly long hairdo wasn't a fashion statement. "I'm wearing it this way for a film I'm doing in Mexico," she explained.
Michael Caine, who collected his second Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for The Cider House Rules, admitted backstage that it was a lot more nerve-racking than his first in 1986 for his role in Hannah and Her Sisters. "I wasn't there," he said. "Being told on the phone is a lot easier than being in the audience and having to walk up on that stage."
Phil Collins, who won for Best Original Song for Tarzan, revealed that his wife and kids assured him he was going to win. "I was the only one who doubted it," he said.
Collins's win was Trey Parker's worst nightmare. He had already announced that he'd have trouble facing his friends and colleagues if he lost to a Phil Collins song. At least the Oscar audience loved Robin Williams's rendition of Parker and Marc Shaiman's "Blame Canada" from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.
Parker and buddy Matt Stone created quite a sensation on the red carpet: The outrageous pair were dressed in drag ? Parker as Jennifer Lopez (yes, his hairy chest was fully revealed in a clingy open gown) and Stone as Gwyneth Paltrow. When asked why Matt chose Paltrow, Parker deadpanned, "We decided he looks better in pink. If you're wondering what's holding my dress up, it's not sticky tape. I happen to have a perfect body."
Hilary Swank had one thing on her mind when she appeared backstage with her Oscar for Best Actress: "I forgot to thank my husband, Chad Lowe," she exclaimed. Those watching the telecast were struck by the tears streaming down Lowe's face during her acceptance speech. "I couldn't have done it without Chad, I couldn't have made it through. So I want to say now what I didn't say on stage: 'Thank you. You're my everything.' "
Swank was understandably serious about the importance of Boys Don't Cry and its impact with audiences, but she admitted the last few days of pre-Oscar glitter have been a wild ride. "I loved designers sending me sketches of dresses. I didn't realize I'd end up in a gown that pretty much matches Oscar's color. I feel like a princess."
Kevin Spacey admitted that he felt out of control when his name was announced as the winner for Best Actor. "I thought I was having an aneurism," he said. "Hilary may have forgotten to thank her husband but I forgot my entire speech. My friends were delighted that I was speechless because they don't see me that way very often."