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Oscars 2014: 10 moments you simply cannot miss

Which were the best moments of the annual extravaganza that Hollywood calls Oscars? Was it Cate Blanchett getting "pummeled" or Leo DiCaprio dancing with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams or the man Brad Pitt kissed -- on lips?
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2014 03:20 PM IST

Which were the best moments of the annual extravaganza that Hollywood calls Oscars? Was it Cate Blanchett getting "pummeled" or Jennifer Lawrence tumble or Matthew McConaughey's real "hero"?

Cate Blanchett gets "pummeled"

"My morning began with being pummeled like Kobe beef. And it's just gotten better and better," said best actress winner Cate Blanchett on having the choice of three Armani dresses to choose from for the awards ceremony.

Alfonso Cuaron's second chance

The night was going so well for Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron that he didn't bother making a speech during his first trip to the Oscars stage on Sunday.

He let his co-winner for best film editing take the limelight, only thanking his family backstage after he was prompted to do so by a reporter.

Fortunately for family relations, he got a second chance when he won the best director Oscar. By that point, the film had also won for cinematography, score, sound editing and mixing, and visual effects.

In addition to thanking his family, Cuaron offered special praise to Sandra Bullock ("the soul and heart of the film").

He also made one of the best slips of the night when he thanked "the wise guys at Warner Brothers" for making the film before quickly correcting himself and calling them "the wise people."

The wise guys in the Twitterverse still weren't satisfied.

They complained that he never thanked Sir Isaac Newton.

McConaughey's inspirations: God, family, self

It turns out Matthew McConaughey's hero is himself, a few years down the line. In accepting the Oscar for best actor, McConaughey said he needs three things in his life to survive: God, family and someone to look up to as a hero.

When he was 15, the actor said, he decided that hero would be himself in 10 years. Ten years later, he pushed the deadline back another decade. Then another decade.

"My hero's always 10 years away," the 44-year-old actor said in a gracious acceptance speech. "I'm never going to attain that. That keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing."

After thanking God, his wife and children, his mother and his late father, he offered up something else long-time fans have been waiting to hear this Oscar season: "All right, all right, all right."

The signature line, from the character McConaughey played in his first film, Dazed and Confused, brought the house down.

Brad Pitt kissed Steve McQueen

Seconds after their film 12 Years a Slave captured the award for best picture, producer Brad Pitt and director Steve McQueen were toasting the victory from a silver flask by the side of the Oscar stage.

Then Pitt shocked the director by grabbing his face and kissing him on the lips. "I think I just made every man and some women jealous," the flustered director said.

"Just so you know," Pitt told him, "you were my first."

Those Oscar pizzas weren't props

That was a real pizza delivery guy, not an actor, who helped Ellen DeGeneres pass out those pies to the Oscar audience.

The show host met him in a backstage hallway to check out the goods.

"Is it hot?" she asked him. He assured her it was.

"What kind we got here?" she asked. Cheese and veggie with no cheese, he told her.

"OK. Let's go!" She said, leading the delivery guy onto the Oscar stage.

What Lupita Nyong'o said

"Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else's," said best supporting actress winner Lupita Nyong'o, referring to Patsy, the tortured slave she played in 12 Years a Slave.

Jared Leto, the media darling

Best supporting actor winner Jared Leto was a hit backstage with reporters, especially after he shared his moment - and his award - with everyone.

"The first person to give their Oscar away for an orgy in the pressroom," a smiling Leto said as he passed the trophy around to everyone who wanted to have a moment with it.

"Who's your favorite Oscar winner tonight?" he asked.

When Leto invited reporters to take selfies, he was cautioned by an Academy representative that no photography was allowed in that particular room.

"If you want to get media, let the media do what they do," he replied, drawing cheers and applause.

Why Leo didn't dance

By the halfway point of Pharrell Williams' colorful performance of his Oscar-nominated song Happy from Despicable Me 2, all the celebs were on their feet dancing and clapping.

All except for one lone holdout: Leonardo DiCaprio.

Eventually, The Wolf of Wall Street came around, joining front-row mates Sandra Bullock, Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Meryl Streep.

What Leto said

"To all the dreamers out there watching this tonight in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela: We are here and as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we're thinking of you tonight," said best supporting actor Oscar winner Jared Leto, sending a message to two countries in turmoil, places where at least some broadcasts of the Academy Awards were blocked Sunday evening.

Angelina, the ray of light

After downing stuffed chicken at the glitzy Night of 100 Stars Oscar viewing party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, former Oscar winner Jon Voigt stood up from his seat, looked toward the screens set up around the room and proudly watched his daughter Angelina Jolie co-present the Oscar trophy for best director.

"Angie did a splendid job. She's such a ray of light," he said afterward.

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