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Seen and Heard Backstage at the 2015 Oscars

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J.K. Simmons
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"I think maybe more people saw me tonight than see me in the commercials because I know more people see me in those than in the films." -- J.K. Simmons, Best Supporting Actor, on the impact of his win and his popular Farmers Insurance Group ads

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"What I wanted to say is this is great and wonderful, but my kids are the greatest thing in my life. I was about to say this kitsch thing that Americans would love, and which is true." -- Pawel Pawlikowski, Best Foreign Film, on what he wanted to say in his speech before being cut off by the music

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"That is adorable and I invite anyone to feel my furry balls." -- Dana Perry, Best Documentary, Short Subject, on what she thought of Neil Patrick Harris' joke about her ensemble

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"I was at home in bed the other night scrolling through the TV channels, and it popped up. I didn't pay for it. It was $5.99. I've already put, I think, enough into this project." -- Mat Kirkby, Best Live-Action Short Film, on The Phone Call's widespread exposure, including pay-per-view

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"Can we finally say that we did feel pressure? Because we've been saying that we didn't." --Don Hall, co-director of Best Animated Film Big Hero 6, on the pressure to be Disney's first animated film release afterthe mega success of Frozen

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"I never saw this moment of winning an Academy Award. I never saw myself being nominated. And I was fine with that. But what I did see myself doing was helping thousands and thousands of people on earth, and I did, and I will." -- Patricia Arquette, Best Supporting Actress, on her decision to address equal rights for women in her acceptance speech

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"I truly, honestly thought, 'I hope he doesn't offer me this movie. I'm not interested. It sounds like a nightmare.'" -- Emmanuel Lubezki, Best Cinematography, on his initial reaction to hearing director Alejandro G. Inarritu's plan for Birdman

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"She's been crying since I won, but she tried not to do it on camera so you all can't get her like you did last time." -- John Legend, Best Original Song, on his wife Chrissy Teigen's reaction and her tearful moment at the Golden Globes that went viral

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"If I'm being totally honest, I've never had much choice. I've always had to fight pretty hard. As far as where I go from here, retaining employment will keep me very happy." -- Eddie Redmayne, Best Actor, on what's next

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"They're all in my office, the same very boring room." -- Julianne Moore, Best Actress, on where she keeps her awards

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"Fear is the condom of life. It doesn't allow you to enjoy things." -- Alejandro G. Inarritu, Best Director, on whether he was scared to make Birdman

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"I'm a writer. When am I ever going to be on television? ... I felt like I might as well use it to say something meaningful." -- Graham Moore, Best Adapted Screenplay, on his personal and heartfelt acceptance speech