Golden winners tell the tales behind triumphs backstage

Musical or comedy actress winner Madonna seemed much more subdued than in press conferences of the past. “I feel like I am dreaming right now,” she said. “This is a dream come true, to be rewarded for an acting performance.” How’s life as a mother? “I have learned humility and to be patient. My daughter has taught me that 100 fold.” She also provided a clue as to her next role. “I would like to be speaking the dialogue.”

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“Jerry Maguire” star Tom Cruise, who won for musical or comedy actor, was asked why he wore a suit and tie instead of a tuxedo. “This is a tuxedo,” he said with a bemused look.*

Milos Forman, who was chosen best director for “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” confessed that he has “never bought a copy of Hustler. I don’t think I ever will because I don’t have any argument with the people who think that Hustler magazine is rather tasteless. Hustler magazine is absolutely unimportant when it comes to freedom of expression. Neither Mr. Flynt nor me or anyone else is more important than that.”

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Lauren Bacall noted that her Golden Globe for supporting actress in “The Mirror Has Two Faces” was her first award for a specific role. “It just goes to show that if you live long enough and keep working, anything can happen,” she said. Several reporters asked her what she would do next. “The unemployment line, I don’t know,” she quipped. “Maybe I will be submerged in scripts now if there are any to be submerged in.”

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David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, winners in acting for “The X-Files,” were queried on the planned “X-Files” movie, which would start shooting this spring. Duchovny said he plans to shoot the movie, do another season of “X-Files” and then reassess his future on the show. With the show’s cult status they see a big audience for the movie, even if their fans will have to pay $7 a ticket. Anderson said that with the movie’s heftier budget, it “would allow them to do things they never could” on the primetime show.

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Cecil B.DeMille award honoree Dustin Hoffman offered a theory as to why he has gained a reputation as a perfectionist. He recalled Mike Nichols’ direction on “The Graduate.” Nichols would tell him, “This is your only chance to do this scene today. When you do it, it is up there forever for all to see. How dare you not give it 120%.” Said Hoffman: “He gets the blame for all those accusations of perfectionism.” Hoffman next films “Wag the Dog” for Barry Levinson and then, he said, “God willing, ‘Sphere.’ ” “Sphere” is Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Michael Crichton’s book. The movie, also to be directed by Levinson, has been pushed back to keep costs in line.

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Geoffrey Rush seemed to make a distinction between going indie with a film like “Shine,” which won him the drama actor nod, and going with a big studio film. “Fine Line has been very sensitive to the film but never treated it as a product.” He revealed what may have been a secret about “Shine.” “People do think I can play the piano, but I can’t.”

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A still-surprised and star-struck Brenda Blethyn, who won best actress for “Secrets and Lies” nevertheless knew exactly what her award would mean for her career: “It means that I’ll be able to get a table at the Ivy.”

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