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MONDAY, MARCH 3
NEW YORK — Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres got a lot of attention for her celeb-packed selfie, which broke records for Twitter retweets and raised the show's social media profile, a potential factor in higher ratings. But the bigger question about the selfie concerns product placement. The phone was a Samsung, and though DeGeneres says she wasn't paid to use a Samsung, the company was an Oscars sponsor, handing out its products backstage and buying ads. By David Bauder. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m., photos.
OSCARS: Diversity was perhaps the biggest winner at the 86th annual Academy Awards. For the first time, a film directed by a black filmmaker — Steve McQueen of "12 Years a Slave" — won best picture and a Latino — Alfonso Cuaron of "Gravity" — took home best director in a ceremony presided over by a lesbian host and overseen by the academy's first black president. By Film Writers Jessica Herndon and Jake Coyle. SENT: 780 words, photos.
—OSCARS-TV RATINGS: Ratings for the Academy Awards telecast in the nation's biggest television markets are up 7 percent over last year. By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.
—OSCARS-TV-REVIEW: With only a week to catch our breath after the lengthy cavalcade of Winter Olympics coverage, this year's Oscarcast may have seemed a refreshingly snug handout of awards. After all, it lasted only slightly more than three and a half hours, aired on ABC from a single venue and was hosted by the comfortably reliable Ellen DeGeneres. By comparison to the Sochi games, Oscar went by in a flash. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 690 words, photos.
—OSCARS-FASHION-FIVE: That's a wrap, Lupita Nyong'o, but may all the best dresses keep coming your way. With a supporting actress Oscar now in her possession, a tearful Nyong'o concluded a red-carpet season Sunday night as a fashion darling for sexy silhouettes and colors that wow. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.
—OSCARS FASHION-PHOTO GALLERY: Academy Award winners create buzz. Then there's the buzz generated by what the winners (and others) wore. Lupita Nyong'o took home the best supporting actress Oscar — and looked very much the part in a pale blue Prada goddess gown. SENT: 120 words, photos.
—OSCARS-FORMER WINNERS: Actors Jon Voight, Martin Landau and George Chakiris all have one shiny, golden thing in common: They're former Oscar winners, and they all attended the annual Night of 100 Stars Oscar viewing party Sunday at the Beverly Hills Hotel, watching on enormous screens as younger talents such as best actor winner Matthew McConaughey and best supporting actor Jared Leto lived out emotional moments reminiscent of their own wins. By Solvej Schou. SENT: 800 words, photos.
—OSCARS-ELTON JOHN-PARTY: The Academy Awards were on at Elton John AIDS Foundation's viewing dinner party, but the real entertainment came from the performances, celeb watching and the evening's surreal moments. Lady Gaga, members of the Kardashian clan (including new mom Kim), Steven Tyler, Britney Spears, Heidi Klum, Quincy Jones and Whoopi Goldberg who attended the 22nd annual event, which raises funds for those afflicted with HIV and AIDS. By Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody. SENT: 400 words, photos.
—ITALY-OSCARS: Italians celebrated Monday after "The Great Beauty" ended the country's 15-year hiatus and won the Oscar for best foreign-language film, even as they fretted over budget cuts to a national film industry that has won more foreign Oscars than any other. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 600 words, photos.
—BRITAIN-OSCARS: The big winners on Oscar night may have been set in the 19th-century American South and outer space, but for many people across the Atlantic, the Academy Awards belonged to Britain. Best-picture winner "12 Years a Slave" has a British director, Steve McQueen, and a star, Chiwetel Ejiofor. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 425 words, photos.
—KENYA-OSCAR CELEBRATIONS: "You are the pride of Africa," Kenya's president exclaimed on Twitter as he celebrated Kenya's first major Oscar win by actress Lupita Nyong'o. By Tom Odula and Jason Straziuso. SENT: 625 words, photos.
—OSCARS-SHOW BITS-PACKAGE: The 86th annual Academy Awards through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. SENT: 3,000 words, photos.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Steve Martin has found a lot of inspiration from very talented people over the years, including actors like Diane Keaton and Martin Short and writers like David Mamet and Dennis Potter. Edie Brickell fires his imagination in much the same way. By Music Writer Chris Talbott. SENT: 800 words, photos.
FRANCE-PARIS FASHION WEEK WATCH
PARIS — High fashion equals high drama, as proved by the latest installment of Paris Fashion Week on Monday. A hooded Rihanna tried her best to pass unseen at the Stella McCartney show but caused yet more mayhem at the fall-winter ones. Meanwhile, the world's most influential fashion critic, Suzy Menkes, announced she's ditching newspapers after a quarter of a century. By Fashion Writer Thomas Adamson. SENT: 800 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Arby's has won the bid for Pharrell's famous hat. The fast-food restaurant announced Sunday it has paid $44,100 for the Vivienne Westwood hat, made famous when Pharrell wore it at the Grammy Awards in January. SENT: 130 words, photos.
BRITAIN-MADE IN DAGENHAM
LONDON — The story of a band of female workers who fight the powers at their Ford factory is heading to London's stage. SENT: 130 words.
FILM REVIEW-300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING Tuesday: 600 words by 6 p.m., photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-RICK ROSS. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. UPCOMING Monday: 300 words by 2 p.m., photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-LEA MICHELE. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING Monday: 400 words by 5 p.m., photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-MISSING PERSONS. By Matt Moore. UPCOMING: 250 words by 5 p.m., photos
MUSIC REVIEW-ELI YOUNG BAND. By Michael McCall. SENT Monday: 220 words, photos.
MUSIC-REVIEW-DRIVE-BY-TRUCKERS: By Michael McCall. SENT Monday: 200 words, photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-PHARRELL. By Cristina Jaleru. SENT Friday: 400 words, photos.
BOOK REVIEW-THE BOOTLEGGER. By Jeff Ayers. UPCOMING Tuesday: 300 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — Backstage highlights from the Oscars. Coverage planned.
LOS ANGELES — Vanity Fair party arrivals after the Oscars. Coverage planned.
LOS ANGELES — Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey, Alfonso Cuaron and Cate Blanchett attend the Governors Ball. Coverage planned.
PARIS — Paris Fashion Week: Stella McCartney. Coverage planned.
PARIS — Paris Fashion Week: Giambattista Valli. Coverage planned.
LOS ANGELES — Cate Blanchett wins best actress, Matthew McConaughey wins best actor and "12 Years a Slave" wins best picture at the Oscars. Broadcast video available.
LOS ANGELES — Stars including Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pose for selfies at the Oscars. Broadcast video available.
LOS ANGELES — Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres teases Jennifer Lawrence about tripping at the Oscars last year and again this year. Broadcast video available.
LOS ANGELES — Oscar winners including Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o react backstage. Broadcast video available.
LOS ANGELES — Oscar winners including Matthew McConaughey and "12 Years a Slave" filmmakers react backstage. Broadcast video available.
LOS ANGELES — Paolo Sorrentino and other Oscar winners react backstage. Broadcast video available.
LOS ANGELES — Jared Leto and Paolo Sorrentino talk about their Oscar wins. Broadcast video available.
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