— Christina Hoag.
ACTING GODS, TOGETHER
For a moment, it looked the Oscar stage had turned into the Mount Olympus of acting.
There stood the two reigning gods of the art, the man and the woman generally considered to be at the very top in the field today: Daniel Day-Lewis and Meryl Streep.
Though he's not known for comedy, Day-Lewis got a big laugh when he turned to Streep, who had just presented him his third best-actor trophy, and said he'd actually originally been slated to play Margaret Thatcher, the role Streep won the Oscar for last year in "The Iron Lady."
And, he added, Streep had actually been director Steven Spielberg's original choice for Abraham Lincoln.
"I'd like to see that version," Day-Lewis quipped.
With his win for "Lincoln," Day-Lewis became the first person to win three best-actor Oscars. Streep has won three Oscars too, one of them as supporting actress.
— Jocelyn Noveck — Twitter http://twitter.com/JocelynNoveckAP
QUICKQUOTE: DANIEL DAY-LEWIS
"I love it when people are completely inarticulate giving speeches because it says the same thing in a different way"— Daniel Day-Lewis backstage, discussing the unpolished thank you's he gave after winning the lead actor award for "Lincoln."
— Hannah Dreier — http://www.twitter.com/hannahdreier
ONION CRITICIZED FOR JOKE
A tweet from The Onion about the 9-year-old star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is drawing criticism for being tasteless, even amid the constant social media satire of the Oscars.
The satirical newspaper called Quvenzhane (kwuh-VEHN'-juh-nay) Wallis an expletive intended to denigrate women. The joke was meant to parody how beloved Quvenzhane is, but many thought the language inappropriate for discussing a child.
The Onion deleted the tweet about an hour after it was posted. Still, that was enough time to create a firestorm online, with many saying the remark crossed a line.
A spokeswoman for The Onion didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Not everyone thought the tweet went too far: It was retweeted more than 500 times and favorited by some 400 before being deleted.
— Jake Coyle — http://twitter.com/jake_coyle
In recent years, everyone would head for the door as soon as the best picture winner — the last Oscar category in the show — was announced, leaving the winner with an empty room to thank.
This year, organizers hoped to get attendees to stick around until the end of the show for a closing performance from Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth, which was dedicated to all the evening's Oscar losers.
"Ladies and gentleman, we ask that you remain in your seats after the last award for a very special closing number," a female announcer calmly announced during the show's final commercial break.
Well, one pair of "losers" weren't interested. "The Master" stars Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman bolted for the door at the beginning of the song.
— Derrik J. Lang — Twitter http://twitter.com/derrikjlang
THANKING THE 'MOVIE GOD'
Ang Lee had his priorities in order when he gave one of his first thank you's to the "movie god."
The Taiwanese director pulled off a huge upset when he won an Academy Award for directing "Life of Pi." He beat out front-runner and two-time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg.
Lee also gave a shoutout to the shipwreck story's lead actor, Suraj Sharma, but didn't thank the rest of the cast by name.
"I cannot waste this time talking about them," he said sheepishly.
He did slip in a quick mention of his agent, his lawyer and of course his wife.
"I have to do that," he said.
— Hannah Dreier — Twitter http://twitter.com/hannahdreier