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February 24, 2008


UPDATED: Video Exclusive: Tilda Swinton

Things you expect Tilda Swinton to say backstage after winning best supporting actress for "Michael Clayton": "I'm astonished."

Things you do not expect her to say: "I'm stoked."

She described her "reverse 'Zoolander' moment" -- she couldn't imagine her name would be the one called -- and is bracing herself for the possibility of what Alan Arkin described as his work-free year after winning the Oscar. She doesn't seem that daunted by the prospect.

A charmer, she, wondering aloud why there was no Seigfried and Roy performance during the telecast. Put her on the committee!

Why isn't there any comedy in her repertoire? "I think everything I do is hilarious."

She shouted out to her fellow European actors, who, she said, helped build Hollywood. And moments later, Marion Cotillard pulled a bit of an upset by winning over heavily favored Julie Christie for her performance in "La Vie en Rose."

Can't say she didn't deserve it.


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