@Dpak: He just left the stage, but you could tell he was so honored to win the award, but stayed very humble.
Any questions for John Ridley, the writer of the "12 Years a Slave" screenplay?
@Muhammed Syed, he gave all the credit to Solomon Northup, on whom the movie was based. "The praise goes to Solomon, because it's his words and his life," he said. "I just give him all the praise, I really do."
@BillDaley, @Haydn: I'll try! He's speaking so passionately about the project, and it's clear he was profoundly moved by Solomon Northup's story.
On his writing process: "Unfortunately, your husband and you're a father for four years, you can't completely shut yourself off. More than anything, the thing that I discovered in the process... was newspapers from that era from different regions... [especially] shipping news. ... Being a father, I found most of the writing I've done.. has been in my car, waiting for my kids, waiting at basketball practice, waiting at choir practice... I would love to write on the beach on Hawaii, most of the time it's in the car in the parking lot at my kids' school."
Matthew McConaughey is here!
He's really excited about the award and credited his wife with moving their family around with him while he makes movies. "It feels -- I'm not gonna say surreal, I did not expect it, but it's the bit of the end of a journey with this film. The script came across my desk four years ago....[and] it sorta feels like a bit of a culmination. ... The movie, the script, nobody wanted to make it for 20 years. ... I jumped on with the team... and we somehow got it made, that was a minor miracle in itself. ... [And now] I got a prize for excellence for the work I do, something that's not my job... it's my career. "
"I've been more process-oriented than I ever have been," he said of how he approaches work now. "Be fulfilled in the making of that movie and if it rises to somewhere, if it goes straight to DVD, forget it."
Matthew just explained what Jennifer Lawrence was saying, "WHAT?!" about. Apparently, she was yelling at Jared, who was laughing at Ellen, who was mocking Jennifer backstage! (Did you get all that?!)
"They understand that papi goes to work, plays make-believe, they understand the difference between real life and movies," he said of his kids. "They [know] night there's an awards show, papi is up agains four other men who do what we do... [We say], 'Remember when we were back in New Orleans? ... The work that dad did, the work that we all did, people are shining a light on it today.' So what we're trying to give as a general lesson is, if you do your best now... it can pay residuals. ... Later on you can be rewarded for good work."
"Balance, heavy!" he said of having two awards. "It's fantastic. What is fantastic of this evening is that this has been a very long process. ... This just marks a closure and I'm so grateful. I'm grateful with 'Gravity.' This, and the fact that some other members of the artistic team who made the film happen are celebrating is a joy."
@BillDaley, he's almost done and I'm not sure he's taking more questions -- but we still have Cate Blanchett and Steve McQueen to go!
@Bill, I'll try! (Brad Pitt is also back here!)
"I'm cool as a cucumber right now!" Steve McQueen said. "I'm so ecstatic, so happy for us all. It's one of those moments in life -- it might never happen again and you're living it." Meanwhile, Brad Pitt said today he cleaned up dog poop in his bedroom.
"One, I love this movie. As a lover of film, the filmmaking, this heroic story... I love this film, I love the filmmaking. It's counterintuitive of how we're making films today," Brad Pitt said. "I think it's important because it deals with our history -- it's important that we understand our history not for any kind of guilt but we understand who we were so we better understand who we are now... and most importantly, who we're gonna be. At the end of the day, we just hope this film remains a gentle reminder that we're all equal. We all want the same. We want dignity and opportunity for ourselves and our family and that is freedom is every bit as important as our own."
@Derek, Earlier, Steven Price discussed how the book is now being integrated into schools' curriculums, and how amazing it is that a new generation is going to learn about Solomon Northup's life story.
"Watching that performance is incredibly, incredibly inspiring to me," Brad Pitt said of Chiwetel Ejiofor. He also called Lupita Nyong'o "grace incarnate."
"People are ready for this narrative. .. People now want to look at their history.. in order to move forward. If you don't know our past, we'll never know our future," said Steve McQueen.
"My better, other worldy half?" Brad said, when asked how he and Angelina Jolie will be celebrating. "We're all going to go out together... This is a very, very exciting moment for us. It's a real joy and something to ruminate on and really understand what it all means. At the same time, when the film is completed, you have this extraordinary feeling, knowing that this is a film that has legs. That will be around and speaking to people. ... We're all going to be together, and just love each other up."
"It happened in the bar with Miss Roberts, and that's all I'm prepared to say," Cate Blanchett said of saying, "Hashtag, suck it," to Julia Roberts in her acceptance speech. She looks so gorgeous! "I had the most phenomenal massage this morning!" she said of having fun on a rainy Oscars day!
This is how Cate Blanchett spent her day: "I looked all the dresses and I thought, 'Which is the heaviest?' and I put this on," she joked. "My morning began with being pummeled like kobe beef and it's just gotten better and better!"
@BillDaley, Thank you for your input!
"I called the children, my youngest has stopped vomiting so that's good. I'd say alcohol but that's a bit predictable?" she said of her celebration, before she added she wants to put on her pajamas and go dancing. Meanwhile, she said being a frontrunner put pressure on her. "An intense, unbearable pressure which I'm so glad is over!"
Okay, guys! That's a wrap from LA! Thanks so much for participating in the live blog!