The televised awards show is a bit of a minefield for actors (or musicians or directors or designers or professional beautiful persons or what have you, depending on the award being given). The new trend is to scrutinize the nominees at the moment the winner is announced, and tear the losers apart for whatever human emotion they happen to express, even just for a second. If they look sad, they’re pathetic. If they look disappointed, they’re bitter. Really, anything but a plastered-on smile and a polite golf clap is liable to be deemed the Wrong F*cking Response.
Clearly, the only thing to do is to go the Chris O’Dowd route (as seen at last night’s Tony Awards when he lost to Bryan Cranston), and immediately drown your sorrows in your secret flask. Don’t even wait for the camera to pan away. Just go for it, Lenny.
Drinking your feelings does just happen to be one of the very oldest theatre traditions.