The master of ceremonies
Neil Patrick Harris isn't just the Oscars' master of ceremonies. He's also the king of schmooze. During a single commercial break, Harris checked in with Octavia Spencer to make sure she was keeping an eye on his locked-down Academy Award picks, smooched husband David Burtka near his fifth row seat, chatted with Selma stars Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo and embraced his Gone Girl co-star Rosamund Pike. Harris managed to accomplish all that and be back on stage in time to introduce Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
This speech will never end
Try to play Pawel Pawlikowski off stage, will you? Forget about it. The director, accepting the Oscar for best foreign film for Ida, mumbled something about ending his acceptance speech when the music that was his cue to wrap it up started playing. Then he just kept talking until the orchestra finally gave up and stopped playing. Among those he thanked as the audience cheered were his late wife and parents, his children and his film crew, "who were in the trenches with us and who are totally drunk now."