Winners of this year's Academy Awards beamed when asked by reporters of their recent victory. Sandra Bullock who took home Best Actress for her role in "The Blind Side" said she didn't expect to get up on the stage and collect a prize. She said, "No, as I said up on that stage, I questioned did I win it or just wore everyone down?"
She added later, "This came out of left field, no pun intended. This was the film I said no to. If I thought this was going to be my golden ticket - I didn't see it coming. No one saw it coming." Bullock is the actress who is nominated for Best and Worst Actress in the same week. Speaking about her Razzie award, Bullock said "We're the entertainment business - that's what we're supposed to do. Take the good with the not so good. I had the best time at the Razzies last night. It probably means more that they happened at the same time. They're the great equalizer."
Meanwhile, Best Supporting Actor winner Christoph Waltz described the awards "dizzying. It's mind boggling, it's fantastic, it's very intense." He said he owes the win to "Inglourious Basterds" director Quentin Tarantino, saying "You meet someone like Quentin, he brings back a lot of what you initially intended to do. That this would result, would be the result, that's something that I never thought about."
Mo'Nique, the Best Supporting Actress recipient, joked a lot in the press room, exclaiming "I am a stand up comedian who won an Oscar!" On how this first Oscar will change her life, the 42-year-old said, "You know, this role was so not about my acting career. This role has shaped my life and allowed me not to judge and to love unconditionally. If that goes into my career, great, but if it doesn't and I'm just the dynamic person that I strive to be every day, then I've won, baby!"
Biggest winner of the night, director Kathryn Bigelow, still recovers from the stage shock when her movie "The Hurt Locker" was called as the Best Motion Picture and she herself nabbed the Best Director award. Asked whether she's now ready to be called a female director, Bigelow said, "First of all, I hope I'm the first of many. And of course I'd love to just think of myself as a filmmaker, and I wait for the day when the modifier can be a moot point. But I'm very grateful if I can inspire some young, intrepid, tenacious male or female filmmakers and make them feel that the impossible is possible."
Of winning against her ex-husband James Cameron, Bigelow said, "I think he's an extraordinary filmmaker. I have to say all the nominees are phenomenal, powerful, talented filmmakers. And what an honor, and how humbling for me - it was humbling to be in that conversation. So I have to say that it's a humbling experience."