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Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, and Christoph Waltz: Behind the scenes at the Oscars

Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, and other Oscar winners and presenters talked backstage. Anne Hathaway took home the Best Supporting Actress prize for the movie 'Les Miserables,' while Jennifer Lawrence took Best Actress for 'Silver Linings Playbook,' and Christoph Waltz snagged Best Supporting Actor for 'Django Unchained.'

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–Hannah Dreier

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QUICKQUOTE: ANG LEE

"I think sometimes this disadvantage can be an advantage. The fact that I come from another culture makes me special." –Ang Lee of Taiwan, encouraging Asian and other non-American filmmakers to take on Hollywood after he won the directing Oscar for "Life of Pi."

–Hannah Dreier

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MASTER-FUL EXIT

In recent years, everyone would head for the door as soon as the best picture winner – the last Oscar category in the show – was announced.

This year, organizers hoped to get attendees to stick around until the end of the show for a closing performance from Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth, which was dedicated to all the evening's Oscar losers.

Well, one pair of "losers" weren't interested. "The Master" stars Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman bolted for the door at the beginning of the song.

–Derrik J. Lang

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THANKING THE 'MOVIE GOD'

Ang Lee had his priorities in order when he gave one of his first thank you's to the "movie god."

The Taiwanese director pulled off a huge upset when he won an Academy Award for directing "Life of Pi." He beat out front-runner and two-time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg.

Lee also gave a shoutout to the shipwreck story's lead actor, Suraj Sharma, but didn't thank the rest of the cast by name.

"I cannot waste this time talking about them," he said sheepishly.

He did slip in a quick mention of his agent, his lawyer and of course his wife.

"I have to do that," he said.

Hannah Dreier

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THE AVENGERS REUNITE

Just like the superheroes they played in the movie, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson huddled together backstage to joke around.

Downey suggested the stars of "The Avengers" bow as they headed onstage to make Oscar presentations. Or perhaps curtsy.

When a show worker asked Jackson to stand still so he could be wired with a microphone, the actor faced a backstage wall and pretended he was being frisked by police.

To pass the time, the superheroes watched Melissa McCarthy and Paul Rudd from a backstage monitor.

Suddenly Ruffalo asked, "Did we miss our cue?"

"You want to go out there with them?" asked Jackson.

After presenting two awards, the actors returned backstage, where Downey quipped, "Avengers disassemble."

Sandy Cohen

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QUICKQUOTE: QUENTIN TARANTINO

"I'm not an American filmmaker. I'm American and I'm a filmmaker, but I make movies for planet Earth" –Quentin Tarantino, tie loosened, talking with his hands and drifting into an Australian accent backstage after winning the Oscar for original screenplay for "Django Unchained."

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