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Remember that really uncomfortable time Terrence Howard took the podium at the 2015 Oscars and could barely get his words out? He does. Painfully. And Jimmy Fallon wouldn’t let him forget it anyway.

The Empire star was forced to relive the disaster via play-by-play onThe Tonight Show Monday, sharing exactly what the hell happened.

Apparently, Howard took a little too much pride in vowing to his wife that he’d go off-teleprompter. That’s a bad move when you’re simultaneously starstruck and improperly accessorized.


“First and foremost, I forgot to wear a belt that day,” the actor behind  Empire’s Lucius Lyon recalled, drawing laughs from Fallon.

And then he saw Oprah in the audience, and all bets were off.

“I choked!” he admitted to Fallon, who at this point was howling uproariously with house band leader Questlove.

Fallon rolled the clip, much to Howard’s dismay, but to the joy of the NBC studio audience.

“I thought I had it together, and then I hit the microphone,” Howard said of the loud off-camera thump that put a ribbon on his Academy Awards appearance. “And I was like, ‘Maybe nobody noticed.”

Everyone noticed, Terrence.

After Patricia Arquette delivered her rousing Oscar award acceptance speech, she elaborated backstage on her thoughts about wage equality for women — offending some in the process. Specifically, Arquette said, “Equal means equal,” arguing it’s time for women to receive the same pay as men. As it happens, Arquette appears in the upcoming documentary, titled — you guessed it — Equal Means Equal.

Patricia Arquette at the Oscars says Equal means equal

The film follows actress and filmmaker Kamala Lopez on a cross-country trek as she talks to women. Along with Arquette, maids, gang girls, and other women discuss wage inequality; Gloria Steinem also joins the conversation.

Watch the film’s teaser trailer above. No release date has been set yet as the film is still raising funds.


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Table for three Best Actress winners, please.

While most celebrities were making a mad dash from the Dolby Theater to Vanity Fair’s post-Oscars bash, a few of Hollywood’s elite decided to take a breather and (finally) eat.

Cate Blanchett, along with Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, joined Neil Patrick Harris for dinner at The Palm restaurant. So we guess they were fans of his hosting duties, then? A few of the stars’ better halves — Keith Urban, Don Gummer, and David Burtka — were also on hand to celebrate.

Bruce Bozzi, the executive vice president of the Palm Restaurant Group, shared a snapshot from the hottest booth in town: “Cozy post Oscar Supper The Palm #beverlyhills #hilda #NPH #Huvane #Mr.Gummer #Ms. Streep .#Ms.Kidman #Mr.Urban #Burkta #Madame Blanchett #oscarsunday Kevin Huvane ROCKS!!!!!! So what’s at this table? 5-6-7 Oscars, Emmy’s, CMA’s…Grammy? how many Tony’s…. and a well deserved 10%!! #K&H.”

So what were they all talking about? No, not how Julianne Moore definitely gets the invite next time. Instead, they were buzzing about NPH’s prediction box magic trick.

"I had a post-show dinner at The Palm restaurant, and Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, and Meryl Streep were eating at another table with their dates. We started chatting, and the conversation quickly turned to the Prediction Box," Harris told Entertainment Weekly. “I loved hearing their theories, and trying to work out how it was done. Meryl’s reaction on camera was my favorite.”

That we believe. Don’t forget, one of Neil’s “predictions” was, “During Patricia Arquette’s ‘Norma Rae’ moment, Meryl Streep will suddenly realize she’s underpaid.”

If anyone could get NPH to spill his secrets, it’s obviously Meryl, right?


Oh, Birdman. A heartbreaking new Vine of Michael Keaton, stuffing his Oscars acceptance speech back into his coat jacket at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, has made its way around the web.

The viral clip shows Keaton, 63, pulling out a piece of paper from the inside pocket of his suit jacket as the Best Actor in a Leading Role was announced. The Birdman star was a top contender for the Oscar in that category, but ultimately, it went to The Theory of Everything actor Eddie Redmayne, 33.

Upon realizing that he hadn’t won, Keaton is seen looking down in disappointment then quickly stuffing the piece of paper away, while the entire room including Emma Stone, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, and others are seen applauding Redmayne.

While Keaton lost in the Best Actor category, his film Birdman took home Best Picture and Best Director. The film also won Best Original Screenplay, and Cinematography, tying it with The Grand Budapest Hotel for 2015 Oscar wins.

An observer at the Governors Ball told Us Weekly that even after Keaton lost — Birdman was a critical comeback film after several low-key years out of the spotlight — the actor “graciously” took photos with a “ton” of people. The eyewitness added that he seemed to be in a “great, happy mood.”


NEW YORK (AP) — What was missing from the Academy Awards turned out to be the issue that could not be ignored on the night trophies were handed out.

The lack of non-white contenders for major acting awards this year became a focus on the day Oscar nominations were announced. Hollywood’s commitment to reflecting the nation’s diversity, and its sensitivity to how these issues are perceived, could not be missed on Sunday’s show — from the opening joke on.



Host Neil Patrick Harris put it right on the table. “Tonight, we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — excuse me, brightest,” he said.

It drew a knowing laugh, and no small amount of parsing.

Was Harris tweaking Hollywood for an embarrassing shortcoming? Or was he making fun of the people who have raised it as an issue of concern?

Obviously, the Oscars are an entertainment program and hosts are expected to make jokes, said Eric Haywood, a writer on Fox’s hit drama “Empire.” Yet jokes can also make people feel that their concerns are not being taken seriously, he said.

"As it stands, the joke is likely to be reduced to a meme, which the Academy is in no way obligated to address and can easily dismiss," said Robert Jones, a Brooklyn writer and creator of the social justice blog, Son of Baldwin. "It is, after all, just a joke, right?"



Another knowing line from Harris came when he praised actor David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie “Selma” but was passed over for an acting nomination. Harris asked Oyelowo to stand and the audience applauded.

"Oh, sure," Harris said. "Now you like him."

Oyelowo was arguably involved in the emotional high point of the show. The movie’s anthem, “Glory,” by Common and John Legend, won the Oscar for best song shortly after the two musicians performed it. A camera cut to Oyelowo as the song was being sung and his face was stained with tears.



Haywood saw references to Oscar moments on Twitter Sunday night but had no personal knowledge of them. He wasn’t watching. Being in the entertainment business, he usually tunes in. This year, he participated in a boycott of the Oscars ceremony by some black viewers that was organized through the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.

That hashtag appears to have been started by a friend of Haywood’s, Washington lawyer April Reign, according to Twitter, and was the gathering place for a steady stream of commentary on Hollywood’s lack of diversity.

There have been some 140,000 mentions of the hashtag since the day nominations were announced, according to Topsy. The number of mentions peaked that day and the hashtag became popular again Sunday night.


The Sunday night audience of 36.6 million people was down 16 percent from the 43.7 million viewers who watched in 2014, the Nielsen company said. Nielsen had no immediate breakdown of Oscar viewership by ethnicity.

Haywood said he was glad the issue was brought to the fore.

"Change comes very slowly," he said. "I don’t expect any sort of radical change to the status quo from one year to the next. My hopes are not too high for anything to happen too quickly. By the same token, it doesn’t hurt for people to raise their voices."



To some viewers, the Academy Awards made it a specific point to emphasize diversity during the show, from Harris noting Oyelowo in the audience to making Oprah Winfrey a joke target.

Nowhere was the effort more evident than in the awards presenters, who included Terrence Howard, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, Winfrey, Oyelowo, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Eddie Murphy, Lupita Nyong’o, Zoe Saldana and Octavia Spencer.



Meryl Streep stood and cheered when Patricia Arquette, in her acceptance speech for best supporting actress award, made a ringing declaration in favor of equal rights and pay for women.

Her elaboration backstage, however, struck some who heard about it as pitting groups against each other.


"It’s time for all the women in America and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of color that we’ve fought for to fight for us now," Arquette said backstage, leading some critics to wonder if her call for wage equality was for white women only.



Harris’ assignment of actress Octavia Spencer to watch the “lock box” of his Oscars prediction struck some people online as demeaning: Even as a joke, assigning a black woman to the task, supervised by two white actors, may have been tone deaf. A spokeswoman for Spencer did not immediately return a request for comment on Monday.



The line, coming from one of Hollywood’s most prominent liberals, seemed shocking.

"Who gave this son of a bitch his green card," actor Sean Penn said, announcing the win for "Birdman" as best picture, directed by Mexican-born Alejandro Inarritu.

A slur? No, Inarritu said backstage that he and Penn are friends and the reference to the document that confers residency status to immigrants was an example of the rough sense of humor they share. “I found it hilarious,” he said.

All’s good, said Penn’s publicist, Mara Buxbaum, on Monday.

"As Inarritu said, they are indeed great friends," she said. "Sean Penn is currently in Haiti with President Clinton. He is not available for an interview."


Lynn Elber and Sandra Cohen in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

By James Rainey

If social media is the judge, it was the most daring and heartfelt moment of the 2015 Oscar show. And it almost didn’t happen.

Screenwriter Graham Moore recounted Monday that, as he thanked family and co-workers on The Imitation Game after winning the adapted screenplay Oscar Sunday and watched the 45-second clock tick away to almost nil, doubt seized him.

“It says I have 10 seconds left. I had this moment of kind of quivering and I thought, ‘I could just walk off the stage right now,’ ” Moore said. “But then I thought, ‘When am I ever going to get a platform like this again?’”

So the 33-year-old offered a revelation that even close friends did not know and that he had not shared during the endless press tour that followed his nomination for multiple awards for his screenplay about code-breaker Alan Turing’s life.

Watch a video of Moore’s speech:

“When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself,” Moore told the audience at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre and around the world, “because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. And now I am standing here.

“So I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. You do. Stay weird, stay different. And when it’s your turn to stand on this stage, pass the message along.”

There would be plenty of social and political commentary on Oscar night — on the lily-white hue of most Oscar contenders, the lack of equal pay for women, the continuing struggle for black civil rights and of Mexican immigrants for fairness. But Moore’s words were the evening’s most personal and challenging, breaking a still rigid taboo, against acknowledging mental illness, especially one’s own.

Some had assumed that his interest in Turing might be because he, too, was gay. But backstage, the boyish writer told the media that his interest in the World War II-era story was actually due to his subject’s struggles with despondency.

“I’m not gay, but I’ve never talked publicly about depression before or any of that and that was so much of what the movie was about, and it was one of the things that drew me to Alan Turing so much,” Moore told the media. “I think we all feel like weirdos for different reasons. Alan had his share of them, and I had my own. And that’s what always moved me so much about his story.”

Moore said he knew ahead of time that he wanted to talk about his struggle with depression but he did not write out any remarks. He said he was superstitious and didn’t want to jinx his chances. He didn’t even tell his mother, brother and sister — who all attended with him — what he had in mind.

Over the years, though, he had made many “imagined acceptance speeches into shampoo bottles in the shower.” In those moments, “I always knew that if I ever at some point got to get on a stage … what I wanted to say.”

Still, there is imagining and there is reality. As he finished his initial “thank yous” Sunday night, the cavernous theater struck him as preternaturally quiet. The lights glared so brightly he could not make out any faces. Only the clock, clicking quickly toward zero, loomed.

So he just kept talking and said essentially what he had hoped he would. Only afterward did he begin to realize the impact he had made. A man approached him at an Oscar after-party and told Moore about his own long struggle with depression. He told Moore that too few people spoke publicly about mental illness and that he now believed that, for the first time, he might share his ordeal with his family.

The two men embraced; Moore said, “To get that response from a stranger was really moving.”

Overwhelmed by the frantic vibrating of his phone Sunday night, the writer stayed mostly off-line. He enjoyed the moment with his family. “They have been with me through the worst times of my life, and I think it was very moving for all of us that they got to be there at one of the best.”

Watch our roundup of Oscar night’s highs and lows:

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One of the most rousing moments of last night’s too-predictable Oscar telecast was Patricia Arquette’s call for wage equality. While accepting her Best Supporting Actress Oscar, the Boyhood star gave an impassioned plea for women to be paid as much as men, inspiring cheers from audience members like Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez (whose approval we captured in the GIF below).


However, when Arquette elaborated to the press backstage, her message went off in an unfortunate direction. The actress is now facing a backlash for saying that “it’s time” for gay people and people of color to stand up for women’s rights.

"It’s time for all the women in America, and all the men that love women and all the gay people and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now,” said Arquette backstage (via Jezebel). With this ill-considered comment, Arquette drew a separation between women, people of color, and LGBT people, three groups that have significant overlap and all struggle with wage inequality (particularly those who fall into two or more of those categories). 

Maybe Arquette was trying create a connection between the struggling single mother of Boyhood and the historical examinations of racism and homophobia in fellow Best Picture contenders Selma and The Imitation Game. But instead of making a larger point about discrimination, Arquette appeared to be saying to those who fight for equality, Okay, we solved your problems – now you need to return the favor. 

A closer look at Arquette’s Oscar speech (above) reveals that she may have been trying to make this same point onstage. “To every woman who gave birth, to every tax payer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,” said Arquette. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” That line about having “fought for everyone else’s equal rights” sailed over the heads of most viewers. The Oscar audience probably assumed that Arquette was talking specifically about the Hollywood wage gap, which became a hot-button issue after last years’ Sony hacks revealed that American Hustle actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid less than their male co-stars

This morning on Twitter, Arquette attempted to further clarify her position with a series of statements on equal pay. “I have long been an advocate for the rights of the #LBGT community. The question is why aren’t you an advocate for equality for ALL women?” Arquette wrote. And later: “Guess which women are the most negatively effected in wage inequality? Women of color. #Equalpay for ALL women. Women stand together in this.”

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Emma Stone, Channing Tatum, and Oprah Winfrey may not have been winners at Sunday’s Academy Awards, but they all got Oscars anyway…made of Legos. The Lego statuettes were handed out to a few lucky celebrities as part of the epic performance of Best Song nominee “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie by Tegan and Sara, the Lonely Island, Will Arnett (reprising his Lego Movie role as Batman), and Questlove. The brick awards were constructed by master Lego artist Nathan Sawaya, whose building method you can watch in the time-lapse video above.

Sawaya told People that he was hired by Lego Movie directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord with only “a few days” notice to make the 20 statuettes. “It was just about coming up with a nice design that was accurate to the size and scale of a real Oscar,” said the artist, who used around 500 Lego pieces for each of the Oscars (taken from his own studio, where he stocks over 4 million bricks).

He told The Hollywood Reporter that the statues were handed out with no expectations of getting them back and high expectations that one or two would eventually end up on eBay. (Sawaya’s team later tracked down the new celebrity owners of 12 of the 20 statuettes, including Beyoncé and Meryl Streep.) “These are priceless,” he said. “I’m not going to be churning out more of these.” Judging from how many stars posed with Lego Oscars at the after parties, they were a big hit — and clearly one of Oprah’s new favorite things.


By Dave Nemetz

Adele Dazeem? We have Goldie Hawn to thank for that.

On Jimmy Kimmel Live's special post-Oscars show, John Travolta explained once and for all what led to him mangling singer Idina Menzel's name at last year's Oscar ceremony.

At first, Travolta tried to play it off with a jab at Brian Williams: “I was in a Chinook helicopter… and that’s the truth!” But then he gave us the real (and really strange) story: Travolta says he was rushed for time before he was supposed to present — he only had a minute and 15 seconds to prepare, rather than the 15 minutes he was originally told — because the page that was supposed to escort him onstage “got stuck in an elevator.” 

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Then he ran into Goldie Hawn backstage: “Now Goldie Hawn is charismatic, sexy, beautiful… and I was starstruck.” Travolta said he was busy “hugging and loving her up” when he realized he needed to be onstage. Then just before he went on, they changed the spelling of Menzel’s name on the prompter to a phonetic spelling. When he saw it, he said to himself, “I don’t know that name!”

But Travolta says the flub actually worked in Menzel’s favor: “She’s had one of the best years of her career, and she gives me credit!” (Well, a little movie called Frozen might have something to do with that, too, John.)

Travolta also acknowledged the bad buzz surrounding his awkward reunion with Menzel at tonight’s Oscars: “Apparently, I played with her chin too much.”