Highlights from backstage at the Oscars:
Not to diss the below-the-line (i.e. not directors, producers, writers, actors) Oscar winners, but backstage has been on the sedate side during this middle-of-the-show stretch. The host back here announced that supporting actress winner Anne Hathaway had been "called back to her seat," so she won't be facing the formally dressed press until after the show.
Michael Haneke, director of foreign-language film winner "Amour," also had to return to the auditorium and has yet to appear.
Also, the volume was cut on Adele's "Skyfall" performance with the announcement, "I'm really sorry to kill Adele, but we have our winners for sound editing."
Winning "Zero Dark Thirty" sound editor Paul N.J. Ottoson called the tie in his category "extraordinary." Asked why he keeps working with director Kathryn Bigelow, Ottoson says, "Well, we keep winning these" and holds up Oscar. (He also won one for Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker.")
"Skyfall" sound editing co-winner Per Hallberg on tie: "Any time you get involved in any kind of history making, that would be good."
Karen Baker Landers, the other "Skyfall" sound editing winner, said tie or not, winning an Oscar is, you know, a good thing.
The trio of "Les Miserables" sound editing winners discussed making sure that the great on-set performances made it to the theater.
Editing winner William Goldenberg ("Argo") calls being nominated for that and "Zero Dark Thirty" the same year a "blessing."
The filmmakers behind the winning documentary feature "Searching for Sugar Man" reiterated that the movie's musical subject, Sixto Rodriguez, preferred to watch the Oscars at home because he considered "Sugar Man" director Malik Bendjelloul's film.