Oscars: 7 Burning Questions Answered
Viewers of Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast finally saw the big question answered: Which movie would win best picture after a tight race? 12 Years a Slave.
But there were a few more questions that remained unanswered following the telecast. The Hollywood Reporter breaks them down.
Which films and stars got snubbed?
Several big names went home from the Oscars empty-handed. American Hustle, which went into the show tied with Gravity for a leading 10 nominations, didn't pick up a single trophy, despite being nominated for best picture and in all four of the acting categories. Other films with multiple nominations that were shut out included Captain Phillips (6 nods), Nebraska (6 nods) The Wolf of Wall Street (5 nods), Philomena (4 nods), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (3 nods), Despicable Me 2 (2 nods) and August: Osage County (2 nods). Those shutouts meant that many of those films' stars also lost, including Hustle's Jennifer Lawrence, August: Osage County's Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, Nebraska's Bruce Dern and June Squibb, Captain Phillips' Barkhad Abdi and The Wolf of Wall Street's Leonardo DiCaprio, who has not won any of the five Oscars for which he's been nominated.
Where did that pizza come from? And was that a real delivery guy?
The pizza that host Ellen DeGeneres ordered for the hungry stars at the Oscars came from Big Mama's & Papa's Pizzeria, a small chain in the Los Angeles area, which tweeted about its Oscar cameo on Sunday night and added pictures from its Oscar appearance to its website. The deliveryman was a real employee of the restaurant, not an actor, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed.
Was Sarah Jones snubbed?
Sarah Jones, 27, was a camera assistant who was killed Feb. 20 in Georgia while working on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. A petition to include Jones in the In Memoriam segment was launched last week on the Care2 website, an online community for activists. While she wasn't included, she did receive a brief mention following Bette Midler's performance, which came after the slideshow presentation. Her name was mentioned on a banner directing viewers to an expanded slideshow on the Oscars web site.
Why did Brad Pitt accept an Oscar?
The actor was a producer for 12 Years a Slave, winner of the best picture Oscar. Pitt’s production company, Plan B Entertainment, produced the film, along with World War Z, another recent film in which he starred. The journey to produce the film began in 2008, when Pitt’s partners met director Steve McQueen at Chateau Marmont.
How many members are in the EGOT club?
Composer Robert Lopez became the 12th person to have EGOT status (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony winner), winning for best original song fpr Frozen’s “Let It Go.” Lopez can now add that Oscar to his Grammy, two Emmys and three Tonys. Other notable EGOT members include Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg and Audrey Hepburn.
Who was that guy next to Bradley Cooper in Ellen DeGeneres' selfie?
DeGeneres gathered some of Hollywood's biggest names for the selfie that later crashed Twitter and became the social media network's most retweeted photo, snapping a pic with Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Jared Leto, Channing Tatum, Lupita Nyong'o and Bradley Cooper. But who's that guy on Cooper's left? That's Lupita Nyong'o's Oscar date, her younger brother Peter, whom she called her "best friend" during her best supporting actress speech.
What's the joke behind Cate Blanchett's nod to Julia Roberts?
In her acceptance speech for best actress, the Blue Jasmine star took a moment to acknowledge the performances of her fellow nominees. While most of her tributes were humble and complimentary, Blanchett had a few choice words for supporting actress nominee Julia Roberts: "Julia, hashtag suck it. You know what I mean?" Roberts might know, but the jury's still out for the rest of us. Blanchett didn't provide much clarification during her backstage remarks to the press, saying cryptically, "It happened in the bar with Ms. Roberts. And that’s all I’m prepared to say."