John Travolta really can say 'Idina Menzel,' and more news to note
March 3rd, 2014
06:00 PM ET

John Travolta really can say 'Idina Menzel,' and more news to note

Today's talk you might've missed:

  • John Travolta really does know how to say Idina Menzel's name, guys! Even though he couldn't say it - or anything resembling her name - at the Oscars on Sunday night. No one really knows what caused Travolta's trip of the tongue, but the speculation is that he was nervous. [E!]
  • Before his life as an Oscar-winning screenwriter, John Ridley was a writer for "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and he hasn't forgotten his roots. "It was a wonderful beginning," Ridley said backstage, "and honestly when I think about that, it's all the more stunning that I ended up here." [EW]
  • The list of names that weren't included in the 2014 Oscars in memoriam segment is a long one, and it holds standouts like Dennis Farina and Cory Monteith. What do you think: should the Oscars even keep the segment around if it's always going to miss at least one person? [Zap2It]
  • Pharrell Williams' infamous hat has found a happy home with Arby's. The fast food chain purchased the item for $44,100 through Williams' charity auction to benefit his educational non-profit. [AdWeek]
  • Justin Bieber apparently still has eyes only for Selena Gomez. After he spotted photos of her at the Vanity Fair Oscars party on Sunday, he posted the images to Instagram with the caption, "Most elegant princess in the world." [Justin Bieber's Instagram]

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How did Ellen DeGeneres do as Oscars host?
March 3rd, 2014
05:30 PM ET

How did Ellen DeGeneres do as Oscars host?

The ratings for the 2014 Oscars were great, but what about the ceremony's host?

Ellen DeGeneres has been raked over the coals by critics who found the Academy Awards to be boring and, at times, mean-spirited.

But DeGeneres can rest assured that she nailed it for CNN users.

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Filed under: Awards Season • Oscars 2014
Steve McQueen speaks out against modern-day slavery
Director Steve McQueen (left) hugs producer Brad Pitt after winning the best picture Oscar.
March 3rd, 2014
04:28 PM ET

Steve McQueen speaks out against modern-day slavery

Director Steve McQueen's Oscar-winning film may have been about historical slavery, but he doesn't want the world to forget such horrors still exist.

During his best picture acceptance speech Sunday night, McQueen made poignant mention of modern-day slavery.

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Oscars rewind: All the performances
March 3rd, 2014
11:15 AM ET

Oscars rewind: All the performances

There were so many musical performances during Sunday's Oscars, we forgot for a moment that we weren't watching the Grammys.

Pharrell Williams - in his now trademark hat - got things off to a gleeful start with his performance of "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2." Williams didn't win the best original song Oscar, but he did win for being the only artist who got the nominees on their feet.

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Filed under: Awards Season • Oscars 2014
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