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Monday, March 03, 2014 12:01 am

SHOW BITS: Blanchett is glad waiting is over

LOS ANGELES (AP) Show Bits brings you the 86th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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BLANCHETT: IT'S NOT EASY BEING FRONT-RUNNER

Winning acting honors at other major awards shows didn't make the Oscars ceremony any easier for Cate Blanchett.

The night figured to be a coronation for the actress, who'd won best actress honors at the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe Awards and other shows for her role in "Blue Jasmine." Instead, the prospect of waiting until nearly the end of Sunday's ceremony proved stressful for the two-time Oscar winner.

"It was an intense, unbearable pressure which I'm so glad is over," Blanchett said after her win. "It has been every year."

Blanchett, who has been nominated for acting Oscars five times, took a hiatus from films in recent years to focus on theater work. She won a best supporting actress Oscar in 2005 for "The Aviator."

"Every year I watch this thing remotely and every year there are five, six, 10, 12 or 20 performances by women that I'm gob smacked by and inspired by," she said. "And it gets whittled down to five. To be in conversation with those women by proxy ... that's the privilege and the rest is just chocolate."

Anthony McCartney http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP .

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NOT MISSING A MOMENT OF OSCAR GLORY

Jared Leto made sure he captured every aspect of his Oscar moment, going so far as to film the one-minute process it took to engrave his name on his best supporting actor trophy after the show.

Matthew McConaughey also dropped by the Oscar engraving station at the Governor's Ball to have his name placed on his best actor trophy. He commemorated the moment with pictures of himself and his wife, Camila Alves McConaughey

Spike Jonze arrived at the engraving table just moments ahead of fellow Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron.

"Hey, no cutting!" Jonze, the best original screenplay winner, joked before posing for photos with Cuaron, the best director winner.

The engraving station has been going for five years, and nearly every winner stops by.

Sandy Cohen http:// www.twitter.com/APSandy .

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QUICKQUOTE: CATE BLANCHETT

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

Anthony McCartney http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP .

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GETTING A 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.

Hannah Dreier Twitter: www.twitter.com/HannahDreier.

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McCONAUGHEY'S 'TRUE DETECTIVE:' MUM'S THE WORD

Sure he just won the Oscar for best actor for "Dallas Buyers Club," but when it came time to talk after the show, Matthew McConaughey was just as interested in what reporters thought about his new HBO series "True Detective."

The program has quickly become a hit, and McConaughey realized he was doing Oscar interviews about the same time a new episode was airing in some markets. He asked if anyone had seen it and what they thought.

Suddenly there were shouts of "No spoilers." Many in the press corps hadn't had time to tune in.

"I don't know what happens," McConaughey said, throwing up his arms.

"Aww, maybe I do and I'm not telling," he added with a knowing grin.

Anthony McCartney http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP.

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QUICKQUOTE: SPIKE JONZE

"I think everything is going to happen. At this point in history, we're 13 billion years into this universe, and there are many more years after this." Oscar winner Spike Jonze, asked whether he thinks an artificial intelligence computer girlfriend like the one depicted in "Her" will one day be reality.

Hannah Dreier Twitter www.twitter.com/HannahDreier

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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.

Anthony McCartney http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP .

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KISSING AND TELLING

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."

Sandy Cohen http:// www.twitter.com/APSandy .

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WHAT'S SO FUNNY?

What interrupted Jennifer Lawrence's presentation of the best actor trophy?

That would be Ellen DeGeneres and the cast of "Dallas Buyers Club."

As the "American Hustle" actress waltzed on stage, DeGeneres cautiously exited, making sure last year's best actress winner didn't take another tumble before DeGeneres, who had earlier teased Lawrence about falling, got off stage.

While most of the crowd didn't catch the joke, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and their cohorts laughed loudly, causing Lawrence to go off script.

McConaughey had the last laugh.

He won the best actor prize seconds later.

Derrik J. Lang Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang

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BUZZ ALDRIN: OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD OSCAR FAN

Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin may not have any Oscars, but then how many actors can say they walked on the moon.

Aldrin decorated his tux with some of the sparkling gold medals he's collected for his real-life gravity defying feats over the years when he attended the Night of 100 Stars Oscar viewing party in Beverly Hills. This was his 10th year at the bash.

"I come here for the good-looking guys, and mostly, the good-looking girls," said Aldrin, winking. "It's the pomp and ceremony of Hollywood."

And about those medals: "I feel that girls aren't the only ones that can wear symbolic jewelry!"

Solvej Schou - www.twitter.com/solvej_schou

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BATHROOM-LINE ADMIRATION

When Zac Efron found himself behind Daniel Day-Lewis in the backstage bathroom line, he used the opportunity to express his admiration.

"I'm such a huge fan. Your work inspires us all," Efron said, shaking the Oscar winner's hand. "It's great to have someone like you to watch and be inspired by."

Although gracious, Day-Lewis didn't want to spend too much time collecting accolades.

"I'm just going to sneak in there before someone else does," he said as he made a beeline for the bathroom.

Sandy Cohen www.twitter.com/APSandy .

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QUICKQUOTE: PENELOPE CRUZ

"I have to remember to breathe" Penelope Cruz to Robert DeNiro before taking the Oscar stage to present the screenplay awards.

Sandy Cohen www.twitter.com/APSandy .

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TAKING PINK TO THE LAND OF OZ

Hey TV watchers: Bet you wondered how they pulled off that "Wizard of Oz" tribute that showed Pink in Kansas and later in the Land of Oz as she sang "Over the Rainbow" during the Oscar telecast.

It took more than five projectors beaming images onto a translucent screen masking the singer to pull it off.

While the effect may have appeared magical on television, those in the Dolby Theatre audience couldn't really make out Pink for most of the song.

Still, they were impressed.

Jamie Foxx was the first on his feet after she finished.

It was Matthew McConaughey who was the loudest, shouting "WOO HOO!" multiple times.

He's her neighbor, after all.

Derrik J. Lang Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang

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QUICKQUOTE: LUPITA NYONG'O

"I think it belongs to me." Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, who was born in Mexico and grew up in Kenya, when asked how much of her supporting actress award belongs to Mexico.

Hannah Dreier Twitter www.twitter.com/HannahDreier

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