From Indies to Majors
Edited by Quendrith Johnson
("MICHAEL CLAYTON" - Best Supporting)
TILDA SWINTON: I'm amazed I'm still standing, but I'm not complaining, it's good. I really just had a reverse Zoolander moment when I think I heard someone else's name and suddenly slowly heard my own. I'm still recovering from that moment, and I have absolutely no idea what happened after that. So, you know, you can tell me my dress fell off and I'd believe you, so don't be cruel.
ON THE SAG STRIKE:
I'm never worried that there may be a (SAG) strike, I'm worried that there may be a cause to strike. Striking is the thing we can do if conditions aren't right. I feel like recent events might have made a strike unlikely, but there's always that possibility. I have the great fortune of being European, so there are other planets for me to work on, but I have American projects which were, you know, waiting to see what happens when there's going to be a strike. I certainly wouldn't break any picket line.
ON GIVING THE OSCAR AWAY, OH YES SHE DID!
I have given it away, it's gone.
I've given it, I've given it, I'm a man of my word. I've given it to my agent who truly, I mean not only does he does deserve it, but he really does look like this. And if you see a guy at the Governors Ball looking like this, this is him in his receiving position when I'm on the speaker phone telling him I'm going to do another art film in Europe. He's like (demonstrates). That's him.
ON THE PRESS ROOM SHUFFLE:
This is the way you keep people awake at this moment, this is a mad game. Where are you?
SHE DIDN'T THINK SHE WOULD WIN, NO KIDDING...
I kind of thought Ruby Dee would win but frankly anybody but myself, so, yeah... There's some parties apparently, but you all know that better than me. But apparently they go on and on, so I might go there.
ABOUT FUTURE ROLES
Well, I've just been with gorgeous Alan Arkin, who told me he didn't work for a year after winning one of these things, so who knows. I'm just making it up as I go along, I really am. I never expected to be holding one of these things. This is not where I was ever intending to be. I'm so happy that there's even some little corner in Hollywood for me to turn up in and enjoy being part of those films but that's not where I grew. You know, I grew in Europe and in independent film really when it was more underground film, and so I'm just, you know, as mystified as the rest. It's not the end of the line for me. I mean, Alan Arkin can give you some real good advice to do something really embarrassing next to put everybody off, but I really probably have already done that, so that's safe.
EUROPEAN PRESENCE IN HOLLYWOOD?
Dude, Hollywood is built on Europeans. I mean that's, you know, go back, look. I mean, that's what Hollywood is, you know. And I'm just really sad that I couldn't give a speech in Gaelic, but if I could, I would have. You know, the Italians, we just met in the corridor, but don't tell everybody but we're everywhere.
I'm wearing a dress that was made for me by Albert Elbaz of Lanvin, and he made it for me and I should be so lucky, you know, I'm not going to not wear it. It's really really comfortable, I feel like I'm in my pajamas. And I'm kind of jet lagged so it's a slightly dangerous thing to wear, it's got an inflatable pillow so by midnight I can rest. It's just really easy.
HER TWO LOVERS (IN CASE YOU'RE WONDERING)
I have children with someone else, with whom I'm bringing up my children, and I've lived with somebody else or I've lived with someone else, my sweetheart for the last three years, and maybe it's extraordinary that we're really all friends. (Interrupted by applause.) Who won (Marion Cotillard awarded.) Fantastic, fantastic. You see what I'm saying about Europe.
AND SHE THANKS HER AGENT, HOW VERY AMERICAN OF HER, PS
Seven years ago when I was working in Europe I came to meet some people in America, thinking I'm never going to be able to work in Hollywood, there's no space for me here, and he (Brian Swardstrom from Endeavor) told me to come and take some meetings and I met some fantastic people who I continue to work with. And he's just he gets it, you know, and I don't think I'm necessarily a kind of easy thing to get and I love him, he's great.
PLUS SHE HAS NEVER SEEN THE OSCARS ON TV, WINK, WINK
It helps that I never even watched this thing on television, and I've never been here before, I didn't know what to expect. I'm a little disappointed there weren't any dance numbers, and the thing outside, I didn't know what to expect, I thought it would be much more like Siegfried and Roy. And so when you don't know what's coming, you can't visualize it, I don't know, I'm just very lazy, it never occurred to me.
SCREENMANCER thanks the ACADEMY and OSCAR(R)