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Golden Globes Backstage Dish & Winners’ Reactions From Gossip Cop

By Michael Lewittes

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Here’s what some of the big winners at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards had to say backstage…

JODIE FOSTER, Cecil B. DeMille Award

Backstage, Foster wouldn’t directly address what many perceived to be her coming out in her acceptance speech, simply saying, “The speech speaks for itself.” But the actress did clarify that she’s not retiring from show business. “I could never stop acting. I’m not retiring from acting,” said Foster, adding, “I’m actually more into it than I’ve ever been.” She’s also “really looking forward to directing more.” As for her much talked-about defense of Kristen Stewart in The Daily Beast last year, Foster said, “I look at the room tonight… All these young women. I feel very protective of them. I have my scars and I hope to be a member of their family that’s out there protecting them.”

QUENTIN TARANTINO, Original Screenplay, Django Unchained

The filmmaker took the press room by surprise when he used the N-word while discussing his movie’s controversial dialogue. Tarantino said he “refused” to “lie” and “whitewash” the way people spoke during the slavery era, and instead wanted to stay true to the reality of the times. And while the director believes there is “modern-day slavery” taking place right now, such as sex trafficking in Malaysia, Tarantino said he’s “more concerned” about what he sees as slavery in America — the country’s drug laws putting people, many of them black men, in jail.

DON CHEADLE, Best Actor in a TV Comedy, “House of Lies”

Taking the spotlight after Tarantino, Cheadle joked, “Please no n-word questions.” The actor expressed sincere appreciation for his Showtime series, and revealed he “never knew what a management consultant was” before scoring the role.

CHRISTOPH WALTZ, Best Supporting Actor in a Movie, Django Unchained

Waltz said backstage, “I didn’t expect this. When my name was called, my knees gave. It is unbelievable.”

JULIANNE MOORE, Best Actress in a TV Miniseries/Movie, “Game Change”

Calling her portrayal of Sarah Palin a “daunting” role to take on, Moore said the project wasn’t intended to be a “character assassination.” And while she gave credit to Tina Fey’s “SNL” portrayal for changing the 2008 election, Moore felt that Palin was simply “unprepared” to be Vice President of the United States.

DAMIEN LEWIS, Best Actor in a TV Drama, “Homeland”

He said, “I feel extremely lucky” to play [my] character in “Homeland.”

KEVIN COSTNER, Best Actor in a TV Miniseries/Movie, “Hatfields & McCoys”

The actor revealed that he builds his own homes to relieve the stress of working in Hollywood, explaining, “I have a life that’s very outside of the business.” Costner also went on to admit that he’s made a few enemies in Tinseltown. “I have some people I’m upset with, he said, adding, “None in this room.”

JENNIFER LAWRENCE, Best Actress in a Movie Comedy or Musical, Silver Linings Playbook

A “so happy” Lawrence was visibly overwhelmed backstage, charmingly asking, “What do I do?” The actress — who admitted she felt she was “wrong for the part” — went on thank co-star Bradley Cooper, whom she called “fantastic and an amazing person,” and jokingly said it took “40 people” to help her into her dress.

ADELE, Original Song, “Skyfall”

The first-time nominee and winner called her victory “quite surreal and hilarious,” going on to admit she initially “didn’t want to do” the project because of the pressure she’d feel along with being pregnant, but was convinced by boyfriend Simon Konecki. Now the two are focused on raising their baby boy, whose name Adele said she’s still “not revealing.” As for motherhood itself, the singer said, “I’m exhausted!”

ANNE HATHAWAY, Best Supporting Actress in a Movie, Les Miserables

The actress was so desperate to be a part of the movie-musical, she said “would have played a musket.” “I’m honored to be in this cast,” she added. But what is Hathaway working on now? “My tan. It’s not going well,” she joked.

CLAIRE DANES, Best Actress in a TV Drama, “Homeland”

Danes, who noted that she was first on the Globes stage when she was just 15, said she loves “the experience.” “It’s a great party,” said the actress, joking that it’s an opportunity to “get drunk.” But Danes won’t be doing that this year, she quickly added, because she has “to go up and feed” her newborn son. And though the TV star seems to have already lost most, if not all, of her baby weight, she said she’s “very strapped into this dress.” “I literally can’t go to the bathroom unless I take the entire dress off,” Danes continued. “There is some serious Spanx going on.”

LENA DUNHAM, Best Actress in a TV Comedy, Best TV Comedy, “Girls”

The much-loved but also much-criticized HBO show led to two wins for Dunham tonight, who said she’s “sure people dislike it for different reasons.” As for rumors she’s set to tie the knot with .fun’s Jack Antonoff, the writer-producer-actress said, “I’m not engaged. I don’t want to get married until all people can get married.”

HUGH JACKMAN, Best Actor in a Movie Comedy or Musical, Les Miserables

The actor admitted he “stalked” director Tom Hooper to score the role, and defended his penchant for musicals. “The idea that singing and dancing is not masculine is about the craziest thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” said Jackman. Asked about his celebration plans, he amusingly replied, “I’m Australian, come on!”

BEN AFFLECK, Best Director, Best Picture, Argo

Addressing his Oscars snub, the filmmaker said he’s still “an enormous admirer of the academy,” and joked, “I also didn’t get the acting nomination; no one is saying I got snubbed there!” Affleck’s co-producer George Clooney joked that he hired him because he “was cheap,” but went on to add, “I can’t tell you how proud we are to have worked with him. And how much I hate him.” And, referring to Affleck’s up-and-down career, Clooney said, “He was in actor jail for a couple if years. It’s how you handle yourself when things are not going well. He directed himself out of it.” The veteran actor also said he was “disappointed” by Affleck’s Oscar snub, saying, “He should have been nominated.”

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, Best Actor in a Movie Drama, Lincoln

The method actor revealed that he “circled [the project] for seven years” before agreeing to play the 16th President of the United States, explaining that he was “convinced” he wasn’t the right role — and also had a “fear [of] desecrating” the memory of one of the country’s most beloved presidents.

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