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March 3, 2014 GMT

The Night of 100 Stars Oscar viewing dinner party at the Beverly Hills Hotel had at least one Hollywood old-timer waxing philosophical about his craft.

“Hollywood is a table with a makeup mirror, some makeup and a script, and some apple juice. That’s what you have when you make a movie,” said Gary Busey, who was nominated for a best actor Oscar in 1978 for “The Buddy Holly Story.”

“All this glamour stuff is superficial, it’s arrogant, and it gives people a chance to be a star when they know they aren’t. The thing is, everyone is a star,” he continued in an emotional ramble.


And that, Busey said, was what he loved about Oscar winner Jared Leto’s acceptance speech. When Leto addressed people in Ukraine and Venezuela and acknowledged the struggles they are going through, Busey said, it brought some real-world, non-glamour to Hollywood’s signature event.

— Solvej Schou —


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