HOLLYWOOD – The biggest night in film is viewed by many around the globe, but the numerous eyes watching might be interested to know what happens on Oscars night that the cameras aren’t privy to.
Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre offers its attendees the chance to socialize, congratulate each other and reunite with former colleagues. Guests can also snack on treats and sip on adult beverages in the facility’s lobbies.
While you already know about the show’s biggest moments – like “Parasite” racking up the awards, Joaquin Phoenix’s impassioned speech and Eminem’s surprising performance – here are the moments that didn’t make it to air:
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The audience needed to warm up for the opening number
The room grew quiet about three minutes before the show began, anticipating the hostless show’s opening number. The audience cheered when Janelle Monáe put on a red cardigan, reminiscent of Fred Rogers, portrayed by Tom Hanks in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” And, they applauded when she gave Hanks her hat, but there was a noticeable lack of participation when Monáe asked the crowd to join her in singing.
Brad Pitt’s acceptance speech gets interrupted
When the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” actor was thanking writer/director Quentin Tarantino while accepting the supporting actor statuette, a phone began ringing in Mezzanine 2 of the theater.
There was another commotion in this section of the theater when “Parasite” was named best picture. Staff came to check on a woman in the audience who was eventually rolled out in a wheelchair.
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Supporting actors support each other
Laura Dern gave Pitt a big hug and placed her hand on his shoulder. Like her fellow actor, Dern nabbed a supporting trophy, for her work in “Marriage Story.”
She continued issuing warm greetings to three others seated on the front row before going back to her seat.
Couples share sweet moments
When you’re famous, the Oscars can serve as a date night, and there was plenty of romance happening at Dolby.
Phoenix and his “filthy dragon,” girlfriend Rooney Mara, exited the show during a commercial break hand-in-hand. In the lobby, Scarlett Johansson, a double nominee for “Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit,” held hands with fiancé Colin Jost, who had just performed a show in New York the night before, gave the actress his tuxedo jacket.
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As did former co-stars
Before presenting with her “Downhill” castmate Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus spent time with her “Veep” co-star Tony Hale. The two sat on a long bench, where they even commemorated the evening with a selfie.
Party snacks keep stars from getting hangry
During breaks in the three-hour-long show, attendees availed themselves of the snacks on offer – including an assortment of cookies, popcorn, trail mix, chips and other goodies.
Jost enjoyed one bag of chips and then later grabbed another. A snippet of Saoirse Ronan’s evening might’ve looked a lot like yours. The “Little Woman” star snacked on popcorn and did some texting. Molly Sims also took advantage of the snack bar.
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They don’t catch every bit of the show in the theater
Johansson and Jost missed seeing Eminem onstage because thhey were hitting the snack bar with Gerard Butler and his date, Morgan Brown.
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach also hung out in the lobby while the show was going on. However, the adapted screenplay nominee called out Randy Newman’s performance of “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from “Toy Story 4,” when it appeared on a TV nearby.
Attendees are free to enter and exit the theater during commercials, but they also run the risk of not being allowed to return to their seats if they’re not back before the show returns from commercial breaks. One such victim, Brie Larson, had to cool her heels until getting the go-ahead to go back to her seat.
Dresses are stepped on
Last year’s best-actress winner, Olivia Colman, was stopped in her tracks when someone stepped on the bottom of her dress as she exited an elevator.
The “Crown” star wasn’t the only victim of train trampling. As Mindy Kaling was leaving the stage after announcing an award, one of the trophy presenters stepped on her marigold gown.
Clapping is discouraged, but occurs anyway
While announcers asked the crowd to refrain from applauding during the “In Memoriam segment”, some in the audience couldn’t help but clap throughout while Billie Eilish and her brother, Finneas O’Connell, performed “Yesterday” by The Beatles.
Contributing: Nicole Carroll
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