The acceptance speeches are only just the beginning of what tonight's winners have to say about their new statues.
A breezy and delighted Jared Leto made friends for life backstage as he passed his statuette around the front row. "I bet this is a first, the first winner to give his Oscar away for an orgy in the press room," he quipped.
But he added: "At one point during my speech I found myself talking to DeNiro, as if the room wasn't intimidating enough. Bad choice. So I went back to my mom."
After Leto praised "Dallas Buyers Club's" hair & makeup team for their hard work and for performing miracles on a tiny budget, winners Adruitha Lee (hair) and Robin Mathews (makeup) demurred.
"We didn't have much choice," said Mathews. Mathews had $250, Lee had $75. But Lee said, "The transformation they had already made, they gave us the freedom to continue on with that. They were committed and we were too."
Lee said she had to go back to tricks from the silent era to achieve her effects, including putting grits and cornmeal on the actors' faces. But somehow, it all worked. "I've devoted my life to my career," said Lee, "and when anybody asks me if I want to get married and have children, I'll say 'No, I have an Oscar.'"
"Great Gatsby" costume design winner Catherine Martin, wife of helmer Baz Luhrmann, saluted her team backstage, noting they've been together since before "Moulin Rouge."
"We forgot it was our third nomination," said Martin. "I always think it's funny. I often walk into the room and think, 'Oh God, isn't my crew getting old? And then I realize, I'm old, too.'"
As this is her third Oscar, her father and set decorator asked her how to behave. But Martin said, "I had no idea. I had a fast-beating heart and sweaty palms."
Jennifer Lee rushed to Los Angeles to join Disney and work on the script for "Wreck-It Ralph," stayed on for long-gestating "Frozen," and now has an Oscar. "I think I will understand it a few months from now. ... "I'm still completely overwhelmed," she said.
Of her fellow animated feature winners, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho, Lee said, "Working with these guys has been heaven," adding she'd take some time off after opening "Frozen" in Japan, then figure out what to do next.
"It's the award we all work for, and it's fantastic," said sound mixing winner Chris Munro. Fellow winner Skip Lievsay said "It's an amazing honor that says you're doing some things right and working with amazing people."
Lievsay, also nominated for "Inside Llewyn Davis," said "I guess you couldn't have two more different films. They have virtually nothing in common except they were both made by a fantastic filmmaking team who are both possessed by bringing a dramatic film to life."
But on reflection, he added: "They're both kind of musicals in a way. "Llewyn Davis" is very directly a musical, and "Gravity" is a movie about space that has a lot of music in it, so it's sort of a space oddity that way."
David Cohen, Francesca Bacardi
2014 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media; Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC