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ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Lupita Nyong'o was one of the toasts of the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday night. Backstage after her win for supporting actress, the “12 Years A Slave” star continued her turn as a new It Girl. Nyong'o gathered up the ends of her billowing powder blue dress with her fingers, careful not to let go of her new little man - an Oscar statuette--before taking the platform in front of reporters. “Ever dream this big?” a reporter asked the 31-year-old Kenyan-born, Yale-educated actress.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Oliver Gettell
The Oscars on Sunday night were a popular affair with some moving moments -- including speeches from Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o -- and some warm humor courtesy of host Ellen DeGeneres. It also had its share of mysteries. Was John Travolta rehearsing backstage or otherwise engaged before he invented the new Broadway singer Adele Dazeem? What was Jennifer Lawrence laughing about when she took the podium to present best actor? And who was that exuberant Frenchman who staged one the night's few upsets?
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Susan Denley
On the whole, the Oscars' red carpet was one elegant look after another , with some singular statements, as Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore notes. Among some we're still thinking about Monday morning are Lupita Nyongo's Nairobi blue accordian-pleat gown and Cate Blanchett's pale gold Armani Prive -- both were winning looks for Academy Award-winning actresses. PHOTOS: Best and worst dressed on the red carpet A couple of others we are thinking about that didn't get as much attention on Oscar Sunday represent two ends of a spectrum: Liza Minnelli in a vintage Halston pantsuit and Emma Watson in a spanking-new rib-knit godet skirt from Vera Wang's fall-winter 2014 collection.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Cate Blanchett was grateful and defiant in picking up the lead actress Oscar for her devastating performance in "Blue Jasmine," suggesting those who dismiss a film with a female star as "niche" are the cliche. Lupita Nyong'o's gracious words on her supporting actress win for "12 Years a Slave," spoke of a love of the art, of its power to heal great divides. Both portrayals gave us painful windows into a woman's world. As incredible as they were, for a change they were not alone. This year the actresses - winners and nominees - created characters as richly varied as they were deeply provocative.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As the evening wore on - and did it ever wear on - the many questions everyone had going into Sunday night's Academy Awards show boiled down to but one: Would this evening be a single coronation or a double one? With "Gravity" cleaning up on the technical and craft side, as expected, eventually winning seven categories it was nominated for (including director for Alfonso Cuarón), there was only one thing left to decide: Would this film's momentum sweep the board and bring home the best picture statuette as well?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Ellen DeGeneres may have a reason for another pizza party, if early Oscars ratings are any indication.  According to early numbers from Nielsen, which are not reliable for live events, the Sunday telecast on ABC drew an average of about 40.2 million viewers during prime time. That's 9% higher than the preliminary numbers from last year's Oscars.  Accurate numbers won't be released until later Monday, but the early figures indicate that the show could top last year's telecast, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, which ended up with 40.4 million viewers in the final tally.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Last night's Oscars paid tribute to 2013's best films -- and to 2013's word of the year . The latter being, of course, the selfie, which was on full display all over social media as celebs took to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to post pics of themselves, shot by themselves, at the awards show. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2014 With more than 3 million retweets on Twitter -- making it the tweet with the most RTs ever -- host Ellen DeGeneres' celebrity-packed selfie was undoubtedly the winning selfie of the night.
WORLD
March 3, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
PRETORIA, South Africa -- The murder trial of South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius began dramatically in Pretoria's High Court on Monday, with a neighbor testifying that she heard “bloodcurdling screams” on the night his girlfriend was killed. Michelle Burger, the neighbor who lives close to Pistorius, told the court that she was awakened by the sound of a woman screaming in the early hours of Valentine's Day morning last year. She said that she sat up in bed and that her husband woke up and went out onto their balcony to listen.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Sunday night's Oscars ceremony, featuring host  Ellen DeGeneres , got its biggest audience in 10 years.  The 86th Academy Awards, telecast on ABC, drew 43 million viewers on average, according to Nielsen, up about 6% from last year's show, hosted by  Se th MacFarlane , which ended up with 40.4 million viewers. The viewership record for the Oscars was set in 1998, when the gala drew 55.3 million people. That was the year the blockbuster "Titanic" won 11 Oscars, including the award for best picture.  This marks the third year in a row the awards gala's total audience has grown.  The broadcast was virtually flat wi th last year among advertiser-desired 18-to-49-year- olds . OSCARS 2014: Full coverage | Complete list The three-hour, 11-minute telecast notched a rating of 12.9 in the key 18-49 demographic, in which a ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Now that the dust has settled from Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast and the images of the celebrities in their awards-show best have had a chance to sink in, it's time to recap the best -- and, in some cases, the worst -- of the Oscars' red carpet runway. To that end, designer, "Project Runway" alumnus and fashion commentator Nick Verreos will join me in studio and Times fashion critic Booth Moore piped in from Paris for a live Google Plus chat at 10:30 a.m. about the hits, the misses and the surprises -- style-wise, anyway -- from the Academy Awards' red carpet.
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