Oscar behind the scenes: What you're not seeing on television

EW has reporters covering tonight’s Oscars from every angle: on the red carpet, backstage, inside the theater, in the press room, and at the parties. Keep checking back throughout the night to find out what they’re seeing and hearing—and what you’re missing on TV.

On the red carpet:

++ The fans in the bleachers have started chanting “We want Ellen!”

During the show:

++ Oscars producer Craig Zadan just told everyone to “settle down.” Giving last minute tips to winners — only 45 seconds to speak.

++ Prediction from the bridge: George Takei says 12 Years a Slave will win Best Picture.

++ “You look gorgeous.” “No, you look gorgeous.” “No, YOU look gorgeous.” Jennifer Lawrence and Sally Field, backstage.

++ Jamie Foxx backstage high fiving all the high school dancers from HAPPY. “Nice job. Next time — Source Awards!”

++ Channing Tatum bear-hugs Magic Mike co-star Matthew McConaughey off the ground backstage, says: “Just a chip shot away, my friend.”

++ Ellen giving hugs to Liza Minnelli during commercial break.

++ Jared Leto lets the media pass his Oscar around during his press-room interview. “Does anyone want to try it out for size? You can, if anybody wants to fondle. Pass it around. But if you have swine flu, please don’t touch it. I bet this is a first. The first person to ever give their Oscar away for an orgy with the media. … If you want to take a selfie, go for it.”

++ Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes a selfie backstage with Emma Watson.

++ Brad Pitt vs. Christoph Waltz: Once he carved a swastika into his forehead, now they embrace in a big squeeze backstage.

++ Cate Blanchett in the Dolby Lobby. “I’ve got a little bit of a headache. Didn’t sleep very well.” Does she ever sleep well the night before Oscars? “Nah, it’s not that. Too much time between drinks.”

++ 20 Feet From Stardom director Morgan Neville in the press room on whether he knew Darlene Love would break into song during their Best Documentary acceptance speech: “I had a hunch. They sing, it’s what they do. That’s how they express joy, is music. I’m so happy she had the chance to do it. I just had the biggest goosebumps.”

++ Glenn Close cheers for Lupita Nyong’o’s win. “She’s just out of drama school!” she says to those around her. She then shushes crowd in the Dolby bar when Lupita speaks. The bar goes quiet.

++ Many tears backstage for Lupita Nyong’o.

++ Michael Fassbender was in the Dolby lobby and missed Lupita Nyong’o’s win. “I’m amazed!” he says. “I should be there.”

++ Lady Gaga arrives at Elton John’s Oscar viewing party trailed by a swarm of photographers. Goes straight for a smoke.

++ They are seriously eating that pizza. Meryl Streep just gave Julia Roberts a napkin.

++ That was a real pizza delivery guy, not an actor. (Well, I guess he might be an actor. It’s Hollywood.)

++ Sally Hawkins chatting up Bruce Dern in the lobby. Laura Dern joins the conversation. “Your dad is so funny,” Hawkins tells her.

++ Jennifer Lawrence, at the lobby bar, admits that she really did stumble on her way into the show: “I was waving to the fans and I tripped over a cone!”

++ Barkhad Abdi says he didn’t know what Ellen DeGeneres meant when she called him a sommelier: “That’s why I didn’t laugh.”

++ Pink killed in the room. Standing ovation went on after cameras went off.

++ Cate Blanchett watches the In Memoriam segment in the lobby bar as Philip Seymour Hoffman comes up on the screen. She stares ahead, standing next to her husband. Sally Hawkins is behind her, rubbing her back. Then as Bette Milder comes out to start singing, Blanchett turns away, trying not to cry. Blanchett, her agent, Hilda Queally, her husband Andrew, her publicist, and Sally Hawkins decide to toast Hoffman. Then Queally, trying to lighten the mood, says “I’m going to have Mu-silly tomorrow. We should all have Mu-silly.” Cate explains: “We were all in LA, it was after Talented Mr. Ripley and we were having breakfast at the Hotel Bel Air. Everyone was ordering eggs until it gets to Phil. ‘I’ll have Mu-silly.’ We all started cracking up. He wanted Muesli but he had never ordered it before. It became the best joke.”

++ Julia Roberts moved to tears in Dolby bar after listening to Bette Midler. Companion grabs bar napkin to blot her tears and Cate Blanchett comforts her from nearby. Now those two are deep in conversation.

++ Gravity‘s Alfonso Cuaron walks backstage after winning Best Director, is grasped by Daniel Day-Lewis and gasps, stricken: “Señor!”

++ In the press room, Kristen Anderson-Lopez presents her husband, Robert Lopez, with a homemade EGOT necklace she made out of pasta with their daughters. The pair wrote the music and lyrics for “Let It Go,” earning Robert his first Oscar, in addition to his Emmy, Grammy, and Tony.

++ Backstage after their Best Picture win, Brad Pitt kisses Steve McQueen full on the mouth. “I’ve just made every man and certain women jealous!” a mindblown McQueen says (backwards)

Reported by: Katie Atkinson, Lindsey Bahr, Anthony Breznican, Sandra Gonzalez, Jake Perlman, Lynette Rice, Sean Smith, and Nicole Sperling.


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