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March 5, 2014 | By Susan Denley
At Sunday's Oscars ceremony, it wasn't only the flesh-and-blood stars who were shining. The set on the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood was sparkling too, thanks to Swarovski Crystal. It marked the seventh year that Swarovski has been involved in turning the theater for the Academy Awards presentation into a wonderland. Production designer Derek McLane used the crystals in 25 set pieces that took more than 22,000 hours to create, Swarovski estimates. About 64,000 crystals were used to create six swag drapes; 79,128 beads and octagons made up the 80-foot-wide crystal curtain onstage; and 23,592 crystals were used to decorate 18 opera boxes.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Anthony Pesce
There were few surprises during Sunday's Academy Awards show, at least according to the thousands of L.A. Times readers who submitted their Oscar picks via our play-at-home ballot . The average reader got about half of his or her picks correct, with several people getting near-perfect scores. The winner for best picture, "12 Years a Slave," received about 55% of the vote -- with the next most popular choice from the nine-film field, "American Hustle," getting a paltry 14%. Given that most pundits felt the best picture contest was a three-way race among "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle" and "Gravity," the selection of the eventual winner was a respectable showing indeed.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By David Horsey
When the 87 th Academy Awards rolls around next year, I hope someone calls a moratorium on grousing about the length of the ceremony. Does anyone care about how long it takes, except the poor critics who are stuck scrutinizing every minute of the show? The Oscars extravaganza is not normal entertainment. Like the Super Bowl, it is event TV. No one expects the super Bowl to be confined to a tight schedule, even if the game is tedious. It takes as long as it takes. The same goes for the Academy Awards.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | Lorraine Ali
Hany Abu-Assad should be used to the tension by now. The Palestinian director has shot most of his films ("Paradise Now," "Rana's Wedding") in a region known far more for its conflict than its cinema, and his story lines often take place in between tangles of barbed wire and crowded checkpoints. But filming "Omar" on the West Bank and in his hometown of Nazareth almost proved too much - even for Abu-Assad. "At the end of the shoot, I told everybody, 'I'm not going to make another movie,'" said the director.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
With one mispronunciation on stage at the Academy Awards, John Travolta created a wildly popular meme - and seemingly an entirely new person - when he introduced "Let It Go" singer Idina Menzel by a name that sounded more like "Adele Dazeem. " The flub was instantly commemorated on social media, and Travolta eventually expressed his embarrassment in an emailed statement on Tuesday afternoon, but he stopped short of saying what exactly caused him to make a mess of the singer's name.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
There's no question she was playing to a bigger audience Sunday night at the Academy Awards. But Idina Menzel appeared to be having way more fun Monday when she dropped by "The Tonight Show" to jam with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots. As she did on the Oscars (where John Travolta notoriously mangled her name in his introduction), the singer performed "Let It Go," the sweeping power ballad from Disney's "Frozen" that was named best original song Sunday. OSCARS 2014: Full coverage | Best & worst moments Backed by Fallon and his house band on a variety of kid-friendly instruments, though - a setup the host used in his "Late Night" days for appearances by Carly Rae Jepsen and Robin Thicke - Menzel seemed far more relaxed than she did at the Dolby Theatre.
WORLD
March 4, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- A neighbor of Olympian Oscar Pistorius testified in his murder trial Tuesday that she thought she heard a woman loudly arguing with someone the night the athlete shot and killed his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. Estelle Van der Merwe, who lives less than 100 yards from Pistorius' house, said she was was awoken by the sound at 1:06 a.m. on Valentine's Day last year. She said she was irritated by the loud voice, and tried to get to sleep by putting a pillow on her head.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Model Camila Alves-McConaughey made some Oscar night best-dressed lists in her custom-made Gabriela Cadena gown. But she said she was just trying to keep it simple when she accompanied husband Matthew McConaughey (winner for best actor) to the Academy Awards show on Sunday. She didn't want to stand out, she told People, because she didn't want to detract from the nominees. [People] PHOTOS: Oscars best and worst dressed Designer Hedi Slimane presented his best-yet collection for Saint Laurent, Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore reports from Paris Fashion Week.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By David Ng
It's a safe bet that most viewers of the Oscars on Sunday had probably never heard of the Sydney Theatre Company before best-actress winner Cate Blanchett paid tribute to the Australian institution during her acceptance speech. Blanchett is a longtime veteran of the critically acclaimed company -- she has not only acted in numerous productions there but also served as co-artistic director with her husband, Andrew Upton, for several years. (The "Blue Jasmine" actress stepped down from the post last year, but Upton remains the head of the company.)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
John Travolta may not be able to pronounce Idina Menzel's name, but he appears to be able to type it. During the Oscars telecast on Sunday, the actor infamously mangled the “Let It Go” singer's name, referring to her as “Adele Dazeem” and instantly becoming the subject of global mockery. Two days later, the “Pulp Fiction” star broke his silence, saying he was embarrassed about the mistake. "I've been beating myself up all day,” he said in an emailed statement. “Then I thought...what would Idina Menzel say, She'd say, Let it go, let it go!
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