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'American Hustle' stars backstage at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards

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The 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards took place on Jan. 18, 2014, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Here is what these Screen Actors Guild Award winners said backstage in the Screen Actors Guild Awards press room.

“AMERICAN HUSTLE”

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

To the ladies, which designers are you wearing? And what do you owe to your mothers for beauty?

Amy Adams: I’m wearing Antonio Berardi. And my mom was always really funky, and she told me that I always liked feminine things, so I always try to be a little bit more like my mom and a little bit less like myself.

Amy, you’ve mentioned your daughter in some of your acceptance speeches. Does she get to play with any of your awards?

Adams: Oh, she’s going to like this [SAG Award] a lot. There’s a particular aspect of this she’s going to find fascinating. [She points to the naked statue’s anatomy.] I’ll let her see it, but yeah.

Mr. De Niro, were you ever in an audience when people saw your surprise cameo in “American Hustle”? And did you have as much fun doing the movie as it looked like you did?

De Niro: I had a lot of fun doing it. It was a lot of work, because I had to speak Arabic, and it’s not my first language. But it was fun. I had a good time doing it.

In “American Hustle,” there’s a lot of moral ambiguity mixed with drama and humor, which is rare for a major studio film. How was it doing that kind of unpredictable movie with complex characters?

Adams: David [O. Russell] writes characters that are real and have such moral conflict. But at the same time, because it’s through the eyes of David O. Russell, it creates this very human comedy and this human dramedy that you see in “American Hustle,” in “The Fighter” and in “Silver Linings Playbook.” It’s a lot of fun to play. It creates complex and interesting characters, and we’re really grateful to David for doing so.

Jennifer, you’ve become a fashion icon. What kind of pressure do you feel when you have to decide what to wear at events like this?

Jennifer Lawrence: I would not consider myself a fashion icon, and that kind of pressure makes me very nervous. [My dress is by] Dior, and they make amazing dresses, so they really make the decisions a lot easier. So really, I owe it to Dior, the fact that you would say nice things about my clothes.

For those of you who worked together on “Silver Linings Playbook,” can you compare and contrast the experience of working on that movie with “American Hustle”?

Lawrence: It really felt like one seamless — where’s Bradley f*cking Cooper? — movie. Once you work with David, and you understand how he works, you fall in line with that, and you fall in love with it, as I did. And then you go and do “American Hustle.” He doesn’t change. It’s always going to be the same thing.

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