Slideshow: Oscar tidbits

March 02, 2014 8:49 pm
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  • One of Oscar night's best-received musical performances was wholly unexpected.

    Darlene Love belted out that "I sing because I'm happy" when appearing onstage with the winners of the best documentary feature, "20 Feet From Stardom."

    Love, best known for her work with producer Phil Spector in the 1960s, was one of the featured artists in the film about some of the music industry's best backup singers.

    From the audience, Pharrell Williams smiled as she finished her song. Bill Murray pumped his fist and rose, and other spectators joined him in a standing ovation.

    When it was time for U2 to perform their Oscar-nominated song, "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," Bono ended it with a shoutout: "Darlene Love!"

    — David Bauder — Twitter

  • Best supporting actor winner Jared Leto was a hit backstage with reporters, especially after he shared his moment — and his award — with everyone.

    "The first person to give their Oscar away for an orgy in the pressroom," a smiling Leto said as he passed the trophy around to everyone who wanted to have a moment with it.

    "Who's your favorite Oscar winner tonight?" he asked.

    When Leto invited reporters to take selfies, he was cautioned by an Academy representative that no photography was allowed in that particular room.

    "If you want to get media, let the media do what they do," he replied, drawing cheers and applause.

    — Lynn Elber — Twitter:

  • By the halfway point of Pharrell Williams' colorful performance of his Oscar-nominated song "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2," all the celebs were on their feet dancing and clapping.

    All except for one lone holdout: Leonardo DiCaprio.

    Eventually, "The Wolf of Wall Street" came around, joining front-row mates Sandra Bullock, Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Meryl Streep.

    Immediately afterward, Pharrell and his backup dancers froze in position until a stage manager gave them the all clear. Several of the dancers let out a yelp of excitement once they realized it was indeed over.

    — Derrik J. Lang — Twitter:

  • "If Pharrell Williams doesn't win best song, then I'm (expletive) going home early." — Elton John at his Elton John Aids Foundation viewing party, after Pharrell's performance.

    -- Nekesa Mumbi Moody —

  • "To all the dreamers out there watching this tonight in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela: We are here and as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we're thinking of you tonight." — Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Jared Leto, sending a message to two countries in turmoil, places where at least some broadcasts of the Academy Awards were blocked Sunday evening.

    — Anthony McCartney — Twitter

  • Ellen DeGeneres won't let Jennifer Lawrence forget her stumbles.

    During her opening monologue, the Oscar host recalled Lawrence tripping on her way to accept an Academy Award during last year's ceremony — under the comic guise of pretending she was not going to bring it up.

    Lawrence had a pained smile on her face. And she didn't appear to appreciate DeGeneres bringing up the fact that she tripped again on her way onto the red carpet Sunday.

    "If you win tonight, I think we should bring you the Oscar," DeGeneres quipped.

    — David Bauder - Twitter

  • Lupita Nyong'o's best supporting actress win wasn't just a major moment for the newcomer — it touched everyone in the Dolby Theatre — both in the audience and backstage.

    Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, who'd presented the previous award, stayed backstage to watch the category on a monitor. When the clip of Nyong'o's performance was shown, Hemsworth clapped and Theron said, "So good."

    When Nyong'o's name was called, the stars cheered, as did the other backstage workers.

    When a teary-eyed Nyong'o walked off stage and into the theater hallway, Ellen DeGeneres was waiting to greet her.

    "Yay, yay, yay!" DeGeneres said. "You won an Oscar! And it was such a beautiful speech. Such composure!"

    She made the actress smile by adding: "And we crashed Twitter with that photo!"

    — Sandy Cohen —

  • Bill Murray used his Oscar presenter's role to offer a tribute to the late comedy visionary Harold Ramis.

    Murray, who was presenting an award for best cinematography with Amy Adams, said after the nominees' names were read, "Oh, we forgot one, Harold Ramis for 'Caddyshack,' 'Ghostbusters' and 'Groundhog Day.'"

    Ramis, the writer, director and actor who was the comic mind behind those movies, died last week.

    Murray appeared in each of the films.

    — David Bauder — Twitter

  • "Thank your to the Academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else's." — Best supporting actress winner Lupita Nyong'o, referring to Patsy, the tortured slave she played in "12 Years a Slave."

    — Anthony McCartney — Twitter

  • Bradley Cooper may not have been the winner of the supporting actor trophy, but he was the most social and smiley celeb inside the Dolby Theatre as the show began.

    Within about 10 minutes of arriving, the "American Hustle" nominee smooched, in no particular order, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Michael Fassbender and John Travolta before making his way to his seat.

    — Derrik J. Lang — Twitter:

  • With just minutes to Oscar showtime, a crush of stars flooded into Hollywood's Dolby Theatre and quickly went through their pre-show rituals.

    Jared Leto put in eye drops. Michael Fassbender dipped into the green room for a quick smoke. Kurt Russell waited outside a backstage bathroom for date Goldie Hawn.

    Steve Coogan came out of another restroom and walked right into Russell and also Sally Field. Lupita Nyong'o and Jennifer Lawrence quickly joined the group.

    Lawrence and Field joked that they might consider wearing adult diapers under their dresses at future awards shows to beat the bathroom line.

    Jamie Foxx greeted Kerry Washington with a hug and these words: "I heard you're going to name the baby Jamie. Works for a boy or a girl!"

    — Sandy Cohen — .


    Idina Menzel acknowledged some pre-performance jitters before singing "Let it Go," the catchy song from Disney's "Frozen" that has become a tween anthem. But she said that was only normal.

    "If I wasn't nervous, something would be a little off," the veteran Broadway songstress, who voices a main role in "Frozen," told AP Live on the Oscar red carpet.

    She said she had a plan for calming her nerves: Pretending she was singing the song to her young son at home.

    The song has gone viral, with countless young girls making their own versions and posting them on YouTube.

    "It's about liberating your soul and accepting yourself for who you are," Menzel said.

    — Jocelyn Noveck — Twitter

  • Pharrell Williams came to the Oscars minus the tall leather hat that made such a splash at the Grammys and won him Twitter comparisons to the Arby's logo.

    This time he made his mark below the waist. Williams, nominated for the song "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2," wore a formal black tux on top with formal black shorts, and no socks, on the bottom.

    It allowed him to look normal in the black-tie crowd until nearby viewers caught a glimpse of his tattooed calves.

    Asked how he was feeling, he paused a moment to consider the question.

    "I'm ... happy!" he finally said.

    He also told AP Live that he was thrilled at how his song — and the video — have become so popular.

    "I know it's the people, man," he said. "It's just done so much for me."

    — Jocelyn Noveck - Twitter

  • Lupita Nyong'o, breakout movie star and fashion superstar, says she chose her ice blue Prada gown because blue "reminds me of home" in Kenya.

    "I wanted to have a sense of home with me," she told AP Live on the Oscar red carpet.

    Nyong'o, nominated for best supporting actress for her heart-wrenching turn as a slave in "12 Years a Slave," said her gown was also meant to evoke Champagne bubbles. Could that be a reference to some anticipated celebration later in the evening?

    Or perhaps the actress was still celebrating her birthday. She turned 31 on Saturday.

    — Jocelyn Noveck — Twitter

  • Supporting actor nominee Barkhad Abdi says the way he wraps his head around his new celebrity is simple:

    "I don't think about it," he told AP Live on the Oscars red carpet. "I'm just enjoying the day."

    Abdi plays the chief Somali pirate in "Captain Phillips," opposite Tom Hanks. It's his first acting role — and, obviously, his first Oscar nomination.

    "I'm feeling great to be here," he said. "It's been a long road. We're supporting 'Captain Phillips' and everybody who put in hard work on the movie."

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