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

Best Director winner Ang Lee (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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: