Ang Lee’s Oscar conspiracy theory: Jack Nicholson behind Best Picture losses

Meriah Doty
Yahoo! Movies Oscars BlogFebruary 25, 2013

Ang Lee was just happy to be at the Oscars this year. And yeah, it's sort of a given that he knows he upset Steven Spielberg, who seemed a shoo-in for the Best Director award.

But it was Lee who came away with the golden guy on Sunday night for directing the supposedly unfilmable "Life of Pi."

"I think it's a miracle that I could make this movie," Lee told a room full of reporters backstage at this year's Academy Awards show. "I carried the anxiety for a very long time, for four years.

"It's a philosophical book and an expensive movie, the worst combination, the most scary one, and just see how it's played out in the world."

Naturally, Lee's relief that "Pi" didn't become a complete failure was bested by his big Oscar win. "So coming in tonight I just thought everything is good. So good. And this is better than good," he said.

This is the second time Lee has won Best Director without winning Best Picture - the first being for "Brokeback Mountain," in 2006. And he has a conspiracy theory why he couldn't pull off the twofer either time.

"Both [were] announced by Jack Nicholson," he pointed out. "I was backstage with him and he was like right there close to the door and he says [in 2006], 'Crash.' This time they expected… 'Argo' to win. It's Jack Nicholson, I'm sorry."

Watch Ang Lee's backstage interview at the Oscars: