John Travolta: ‘Beating myself up’ over name flub at Oscars

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Oscar viewers have been waiting since Sunday to hear from John Travolta about his now infamous flub of singer Idina Menzel’s name as she took the stage to perform “Let it Go.”

In a statement released through his publicist on Tuesday, Travolta explained … sort of.

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Ellen’s Oscar selfie earns $3 million for charities

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If you were one of the three million people who retweeted Ellen DeGeneres’ star-studded Oscar-night selfie, pat yourself on the back. You’ve unwittingly made a donation to charity by doing so.

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Golden night: ‘12 Years a Slave’ takes Oscar for Best Picture

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Gritty slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” took home the Oscar for best picture at Sunday’s Academy Awards, and its star Lupita Nyong’o added to the film’s trophy case by claiming the best supporting actress award.

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Golden night: Lupita Nyong’o, Jared Leto nab acting Oscars

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Despite going up against a powerhouse field including Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Julia Roberts, first-time nominee Lupito N’yongo took home the best supporting actress award at Sunday night’s Academy Awards. Nyong’o plays abused slave Patsey in “12 Years a Slave,” which is favored by many to win the night’s best picture award.

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EXCLUSIVE: Inside ‘The Onion’ pre-Oscar editorial meeting

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Two weeks before the 85th Academy Awards, Rock Center’s Harry Smith sat in during an “Onion” editorial meeting where they brainstormed content for Oscar night. The staff discussed several possible headlines and mentioned nine-year-old “Beasts of the Southern Wild” actress Quvenzhané Wallis. During the awards, Wallis was the butte of a controversial joke tweeted by “The Onion.”

Read the complete story and watch Harry Smith’s full report tonight, March 1 at 10PM/9C on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams.

Sally Field snuck sneakers under Oscars gown

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Looks like you have competition, Kristen Stewart — you’re not the only star rocking comfy footwear on the red carpet.

Best Supporting Actress nominee Sally Field wore some casual kicks at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday night, going to far as to adorably lift up her bright red Valentino gown to show them off.

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How did Michelle Obama end up announcing best picture?

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Oscar night was a good time for Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis, and a mixed bag for viewers. The awards show was long and uneven, and also a puzzling night in many respects. We tackled some of the unanswered questions that remained after the Dolby Theatre emptied.

What was up with Michelle Obama’s cameo? Was this the longest show ever? What tripped up Jennifer Lawrence?

Find out the answers to these burning questions.

'Argo,' Day-Lewis, Lawrence are winners on sluggish Oscar night

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Despite Ben Affleck’s snub on the best director nomination list, his film, “Argo” took home the best picture Oscar Sunday night, the final award of an evening that seemed even more ploddingly paced than usual.

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Host MacFarlane’s humor gets mixed reception

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Seth MacFarlane is best known as the creator of the often risque “Family Guy” series, not generally the kind of biography touted by an Oscar host. With a reported billion people watching worldwide, some Oscar fans wondered what MacFarlane would pull out of his bag of tricks Sunday night.

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Christoph Waltz wins first Oscar of the night

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Edit — With some of the night’s major awards still far from locks, the Oscars kicked off in Los Angeles Sunday night, with Christoph Waltz taking home the first statuette of the night for his role in “Django Unchained.”  Waltz was considered a favorite, though Tommy Lee Jones of “Lincoln” was also a major contender.

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Slideshow: Stars shine on the Academy Awards red carpet

As the stars come out, who gets the prize for best dressed?

Oscar race is going right down to the wire

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If you’re a betting sort, you’d be better off steering clear of a lot of Academy Awards action this weekend. Find another place to wager — maybe April’s NFL draft or the weekend box-office numbers. While some Oscar categories seem like total locks, there’s enough last-minute murmuring among film fans that a few shake-ups are almost guaranteed.

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At $47,802, Oscar swag bags cheapest in 5 years

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A gold statue is nice, but Hollywood A-listers nominated for Oscars will get a consolation prize even if they don’t win: a $47,802 goodie bag.

That’s about the same as the MSRP for an entry-level Mercedes Benz M class (and it’s within shouting distance of America’s 2011 median household income of $50,054). Still, it’s the least-expensive this gift bag has been in five years; in 2010, Oscar swag topped $90,000.

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