LOS ANGELES (AP) – A whole other show happens just a few feet to the right of the main Oscars stage in the wings where presenters gather, ecstatic winners get a moment to process what just happened and the production staff stays busy making sure everything is going to plan.
Here are a few moments that the cameras didnâ€™t catch at the 92nd Academy Awards.
â€œWHOSE IS THIS?â€
Best actor winner Joaquin Phoenix walked offstage in a bit of a daze, with tears still in his eyes from his emotional acceptance speech. Jane Fonda, waiting to present the best picture award, was among the few familiar faces in the wings for the â€œJokerâ€ star who stopped to give her a hug and a kiss on the cheek.
Phoenix looked down at the golden statuette in his hand and said, â€œWhose is this?â€
The woman escorting him to his next stop said gently, â€œItâ€™s yours.â€
STEVE MARTIN GETS READY
Steve Martin made sure to get to the wings extra early for his and Chris Rockâ€™s show opener Sunday but his promptness also meant he had a little time to kill. Martin paced back and forth in the wings and stopped a few times to check his lapel and bow tie in the mirror.
He offered some words of support to Janelle Monaeâ€™s background performers.
â€œYouâ€™ll do a good job,â€ Martin said with a thumbs up. â€œBut youâ€™re supposed to say break a leg.â€
And he even took a moment to allow himself to enjoy the performance, watching on the monitors with a big smile. But he quickly turned back to thinking about his imminent moment on stage.
â€œAs long as I have my opening line, Iâ€™m fine,â€ he said, continuing to pace.
CORDENâ€™S BIG, FURRY REVEAL
When James Corden ran into Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig early in the show, the two women were eager to know just what Corden had in store. He wouldnâ€™t reveal exactly what was to come but told Rudolph that heâ€™s â€œputting on a costumeâ€ and to â€œlower your expectations.â€ Rudolph promised sheâ€™d be screaming for him nonetheless.
Later Corden ran into Rudolph and Wiig again, this time in his full â€œCatsâ€ regalia alongside Rebel Wilson.
â€œThis is ridiculous,â€ he said. â€œThis is it. This is…showbiz.â€
The showâ€™s producers asked to get a photo with the two â€œcats.â€ Corden obliged but warned them that theyâ€™re going to â€œneed a lint rollerâ€ if they get too close.
You never know who youâ€™re going to run into backstage at the Oscars, or who youâ€™re going to see making plans, Iike Chris Rock and TimothÃ©e Chalamet or Rami Malek and Oscar Isaac.
â€œMy man, my man,â€ Rock said to Chalamet, greeting him with a bro hug. â€œWhere you going after? Letâ€™s get dinner.â€
SOME DAUGHTERLY ADVICE
â€œPace yourself,â€ Charlize Theron advised her mother as they waited in line for the bathroom. â€œItâ€™s a long night.â€
The two waited patiently for the two stalls to become unoccupied. When one opened up Theron insisted that her mother take it first.
RENÃ‰E CANâ€™T STOP SHAKING
Best actress winner RenÃ©e Zellweger looked as poised as could be as she glided offstage and into the wings, Oscar in hand, but it may have been just an act. Amid a slew of â€œthank yousâ€ to all the well-wishers, the â€œJudyâ€ star admitted that she was having trouble keeping it together.
â€œIf only I could stand up straight,â€ Zellweger said. â€œI am shaking so much.â€
KEANU AND DIANE TOGETHER AGAIN
Itâ€™s been 17 years since Keanu Reeves and Diane Keaton starred in Nancy Meyersâ€™ â€œSomethingâ€™s Gotta Give,â€ but it didnâ€™t seem like a day had passed backstage at the Oscars. The two reunited to present the best original screenplay award Sunday night. In the wings they shared a sweet moment: Reeves offered Keaton his arm and the two walked into position linked.