Bono, wearing his customary tinted shades, gleefully kissed Jones on the top of his head, then hugged statuesque model Petra Nemcova.
"Elton's a warrior on the HIV, AIDS scourge, since before anyone can remember," Bono told The Associated Press. "Like Bruce Springsteen is 'the Boss', Quincy is 'the President.' He is so unique. And Elton is both 'the king' AND 'the queen.'"
— Solvej Schou — Twitter http://www.twitter.com/Solvej_Schou
BASSEY HITS IT OUTTA THE PARK
For all the sparkling young starlets and the edgy new host, it was none other than Dame Shirley Bassey who truly set the joint on fire early in the Oscar telecast.
The 76-year-old singer's rendition of the theme from "Goldfinger" — or, as she sang so memorably, "GoldfinGAH" — was a feel-good moment that won what was at the time the biggest ovation of the night.
Bassey, who recorded the song in the '60s to great acclaim, reprised it as part of the Academy's 50th anniversary tribute to the James Bond franchise.
On social networks, as people were debating vigorously how the telecast was going, there was no question as to how Bassey did: She was an unqualified hit.
Minutes after the performance, the singer and her song were trending on Twitter.
— Jocelyn Noveck — Twitter http://twitter.com/JocelynNoveckAP
QUICKQUOTE: CHRISTOPH WALTZ
"Quentin writes poetry and I like poetry." — Supporting actor winner Christoph Waltz of "Django Unchained" about working with writer-director Quentin Tarantino.
— Beth Harris — http://www.twitter.com/bethharrisap
MAYBE IT LOOKED EASY ...
Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were one big bundle of nerves before they took the stage for their opening song-and-dance numbers.
Radcliffe danced by himself. Theron dabbed at her eyes and Gordon-Levitt stood silently as Oscar host Seth MacFarlane delivered the Oscar show's opening monologue.
Then it was time to hit the stage.
"Thank God!" Theron said afterward as she let out a sigh of relief.
"You stepped on my dress," she told Tatum.
Radcliffe and Gordon-Levitt bear-hugged after their dance routine.
"We did all right! We did all right," they told each other.
"It felt good! How did it look?" Gordon-Levitt asked.
"Well done," Radcliffe told him.
— Sandy Cohen — http://www.twittermcom/APSandy
AMY ADAMS SITTING PRETTY
To slide, plop or shimmy?
That's the dilemma that faced Amy Adams in her flowing Oscar de la Renta gown when she approached her front-row seat inside the Dolby Theatre before the Oscars began.
After greeting fellow nominee Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the row behind her with a big hug, "The Master" co-star tilted to her right side and sort of shimmied down into her seat.
While Jennifer Aniston and Samuel L. Jackson mingled with attendees nearby, Adams held court in her fluffy dove grey fabric cloud.
Across the aisle, Bradley Cooper rushed his mother to meet Jean Dujardin, who took home the best actor Oscar last year.
— Derrik J. Lang — Twitter http://twitter.com/derrikjlang
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