• Burning Question: What Was the Story With the Oscar Pizza Delivery?

    Was that a real pizza place that delivered to Ellen in the middle of the Oscars telecast?

    Oh yes. Big Mama's & Papa’s pizza is a real place at a very real address on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. As the crow flies, it's less than a mile from the Dolby Theatre, home of the big telecast. According to a man who picked up the phone at the shop, the delivery was arranged through the "boss" of the place, which, I assume, would be Big Papa, though he wasn't there when we rang. In fact, they hung up on us when we called back asking to speak with the aforementioned Papa.

    As for what the rest of Los Angeles thinks of Big Mama's & Papa's, the shop's Yelp review is pretty middling, at three and a half out of five stars.

    "The pizza was also OK," one Yelp reviewer wrote last month. "Not great. Not anything like a real New York white pizza, but decent."

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    Once the pizza appeared on TV however, Twitter lit up:

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  • Was it just us, or were last night’s Oscar speeches a little on the long side?

    In past years, the producers of the show have been notoriously stingy with the time allotted for winners’ acceptance speeches, often attempting to “play off” the stars with music when their remarks went on too long or cutting off mics altogether when multiple people won an award.

    Not so on Sunday night, though, when even the winners of the most obscure categories were given ample time to deliver their thanks. Many of Sunday night’s speeches also seemed longer because after their names were announced, it took the winners around 40 to 60 seconds to get from their seat to the stage.

    Best Supporting Actor winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”) kicked off the night with what felt like an extremely lengthy acceptance speech. Thanking his mother, brother, director, and his band 30 Seconds to Mars (not to mention giving a shout-out to the people of Ukraine and Venezuela), the two-minute and 24-second speech set

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  • The Best & Worst Moments of the 2014 Oscars

    Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o (Getty Images)

    This year's Oscars ceremony went off without a hitch, and even finished right in the nick of time. The timing was the biggest surprise of the night, given the prizes were doled out pretty much exactly as the experts predicted.

    Over the course of an entertaining show emceed by second-time host Ellen DeGeneres, there were touching speeches, funny cracks, and even a "record-setting" selfie. Of course, over the course of the hours, there were some lows, too.

    Join us as we review the best and worst moments of the 2014 Academy Awards.

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    BEST: Lupita Nyong'o's Teary Speech
    She came into the ring tonight having owned the season already, so there was little doubt that the "12 Years a Slave" breakout star would deliver gold from the stage. She obliged with a poignant speech that acknowledged the dilemma of celebrating such difficult subject matter ("It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life comes from so much pain")

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  • There were more than a few mysterious moments that left us scratching our heads on Oscar night. But worry not, we've done the digging and decoded the secrets of Sunday's star-studded night:

    Oscar Mystery No. 1: How do presenters say those tough-to-pronounce names?undefinedAnswer: Jason Sudeikis let everyone in on the secret, showing off this handy pronunciation guide provided to him by the Academy. If every presenter does their homework and reads their cheat sheet, no one need ever get tongue-tied over a difficult name.

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    Sudeikis and Kate Hudson pronounced the folks in the Live Action Short category beautifully — unlike John Travolta, who totally butchered Idina Menzel's name before her performance of the Oscar winning song "Let It Go" from the animated Disney feature, "Frozen." Clearly Travolta didn't read his notes!

    Oscar Mystery No. 2: We all saw that A-list-filled, record-breaking Twitter photo. But who was that glasses-wearing guy next to Bradley

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  • Jean-Marc Vallée at the Academy Awards. (Getty Images)

    It was a bittersweet night at the Oscars for "Dallas Buyers Club" director Jean-Marc Vallée. The Montreal filmmaker was not nominated for Best Director, but he did make the cut in the Best Film Editing category under the pseudonym John Mac McMurphy. Unfortunately, both Vallée and fellow "Dallas Buyers Club" editor Martin Pensa lost out to Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger for "Gravity."

    It wasn't all bad news for the Quebec director, though, as "Dallas Buyers Club" dominated in the acting categories. Jared Leto kicked off the night winning the Best Supporting Actor trophy, and Matthew McConaughey took home the coveted Best Actor prize. Both actors took a moment during their speeches to thank Vallée.

    Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey accept their Oscars. (Getty Images)

    Best Makeup and Hairstyling winners Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews also thanked their "Dallas Buyers Club" director. The film's makeup budget was an astoundingly small $250 U.S.

    The director may not have gone home with any Oscars himself, but the fact that both Leto and McConaughey took home

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  • It's Hollywood's biggest show of the year.  But with so many stars crammed into one theater, there's a ton of excitement that doesn't make it to the screen.  Here from our reporter on site at the Dolby Theater are the greatest moments you didn't see while watching the Academy Awards:

    • Before the show as guests trailed in from the red carpet and milled in the lobby before taking their seats, "Captain Phillips" star/Best Actor nominee Barkhad Abdi quietly stood sipping champagne. Asked if he was nervous, he replied: "Nope not at all. Excited." Across the lobby Jessica Biel was sipping white wine, putting those pregnancy rumors to rest. Amy Adams went for champagne. Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender met in a very special bro hug moment when they found each other among the crowd.

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    • As people flowed into the auditorium, the producers had a very hard time getting the room to take their seats, beseeching the crowd over the PA to

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  • 2014 Oscars: Winners List

    The winners are accepting their statuettes at the 86th Annual Academy Awards show at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. This is the list of award winners as they are announced:

    Best Picture
    undefined"12 Years a Slave"
    "American Hustle"
    "Gravity"
    "The Wolf of Wall Street"
    "Dallas Buyers Club"
    "Her"
    "Nebraska"
    "Philomena"
    "Captain Phillips"
    Fast fact: "12 Years a Slave" won in three Oscar categories in total on Sunday.

    Best Actor

    undefinedMatthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyer's Club"
    Christian Bale, "American Hustle"
    Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
    Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
    Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
    Fast fact: This is Matthew McConaughey's first Oscar nomination and win (and also the full realization of his McConaughssance.)

    Best Actress

    undefinedCate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
    Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
    Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
    Judi Dench, "Philomena"
    Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"
    Fast fact: This is Cate Blanchett's first Best Actress Oscar. Nominated six times, she won her first Oscar for her supporting role

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  • It's Oscar-Proven: Jared Leto Gives Good Speech

    by Breanne L. Heldman

    "Dallas Buyers Club" star Jared Leto isn't just Ellen DeGeneres-proclaimed prettiest person (and best hair-flipper) at the Oscars. He also might just be the best speech giver.

    When the 42-year-old star picked up his statuette for Best Supporting Actor, he brought down the house - and the Internet - with his thoughtful and charming words thanking and sending well-wishes to people struggling everywhere.

    "In 1971, Bossier City, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children," he said. "She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard, and to do something special. That girl is my mother, and she's here tonight. And I just want to say, I love you, Mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream."

    [Related: Complete List of 2014 Academy Awards Winners]

    But the dreaminess didn't just end with the ode to his mother or his

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  • Oscars 2014: Ellen's #Selfie Wins Internet, Breaks Twitter

    By Lilian Min

    If you only remember one thing from Sunday night's 86th Academy Awards, let it be the selfie of the century.

    Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres is no stranger to Twitter, but she really upped her game during the telecast with the most retweeted photo of all time. She set the tone during her opening monologue, taking a #blurry snap on stage, but about halfway through the ceremony, she walked into the audience and asked some of her celeb friends to hop in for a selfie. And oh boy, did she get her wish.

    From left to right: half of Jared Leto's face, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ellen, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o, Nyong'o's brother Peter, Angelina Jolie.

    Not pictured: Liza Minnelli. She really tried.

    Before she snapped the shot, DeGeneres challenged Twitter to make the pic the most retweeted photo in history.

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  • And the Oscar for Best Oscar Carpet Moment Goes to... Benedict Cumberbatch Photobombs U2

    Actor Benedict Cumberbatch jumps behind U2 at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES TAGS: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-ARRIVALS)

    by Mike Vulpo

    Watch your back, Oscar nominee: Benedict Cumberbatch is ready to photobomb.

    The "Sherlock" and "12 Years a Slave" star couldn't help but crash U2's group photo on the red carpet Sunday.

    Cumberbatch may not be in the running for an Oscar like U2 (up for Best Song), but considering his jumping abilities, facial expressions, and quick reactions, he easily deserves the title of Best Photobomber of the Night.

     

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