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Oscars: Lee Unkrich isn't 'planning on sleeping tonight'

February 27, 2011 |  7:20 pm

UnkrichFor the last few months, director Lee Unkrich has been overwhelmed with praise for his work on "Toy Story 3." But backstage at the Oscars on Sunday, Unkrich said he was so nervous about taking on the job initially that he almost refused it.

"When [Pixar head] John Lasseter asked me to direct this movie, I was completely flattered, but I wanted to throw up," he said, "because I knew it was a huge, crushing responsibility on my shoulders, and I could have easily ended up being the guy who screwed up the 'Toy Story' movies."

"Third movies are always terrible," he added. "They're never, ever good. And somehow, I guess we're masochistic, I guess we thought we could pull it off. Does this mean we did?"

(The people in the press room nodded in response.)

Now that he's won, Unkrich said he was ready to finally let loose.

"To be honest, I'm not planning on sleeping tonight," he admitted. "And tomorrow, sometime early afternoon, we're gonna hop on a plane back to Pixar and have a huge party back at Pixar."

And after all the partying?

"I'm going to take a nice vacation, to be honest," he said, "because this whole Oscar season has been incredibly stressful for me." 


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Photo: Lee Unkrich at the Academy Awards. Credit: Mark J. Terrill/AP