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NEW YORK (AP) — The early reports show the television ratings for the Oscars are up from last year. Nielsen reports the Academy Awards telecast in the nation's biggest TV markets are up 7 percent over last year. The full report on how many people watched the show will come later today. The Oscars are usually the most-watched TV show of the year after the Super Bowl.


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Michael Weinfeld, AP entertainment editor

Two actors from "Dallas Buyers Club" are first-time Oscar-winners. AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld tells us that one of them gave him and other reporters backstage a real thrill.

<<CUT *001 (03/03/14)>> 00:09 "of you tonight"

Jared Leto, accepting best supporting actor Oscar

Jared Leto has a message for the "dreamers" in Venezuela and Ukraine. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *009 (03/03/14)>> 00:12 "alright, alright, alright (cheers)"

Matthew McConaughey, accepting best actor Oscar for "Dallas Buyers Club"

Matthew McConaughey uses his signature line to accept his best actor Oscar. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *007 (03/03/14)>> 00:11 "waste of time"

Alfonso Cuaron, accepting best director Oscar for "Gravity"

Alfonso Cuaron notes it took years to bring "Gravity" to the screen. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *028 (03/03/14)>> 00:04 "no, it's fantastic"

Alfonso Cuaron (kwah-ROHN'), winner, best director, best film editing for "Gravity"

Alfonso Cuaron was asked how it felt to be holding an Oscar in each hand.

<<CUT *011 (03/03/14)>> 00:14 "for you prayers (laughs)"

Ellen DeGeneres, host

Host Ellen DeGeneres opens the ceremony with a dig at her fellow stars. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *013 (03/03/14)>> 00:17 "Harvey Weinstein, Harvey"

Ellen DeGeneres, host

Host Ellen DeGeneres hits up Sandra Bullock and producer Harvey Weinstein to help tip the pizza delivery man. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *014 (03/03/14)>> 00:10 "no lean in"

Ellen DeGeneres, taking a selfie

Host Ellen DeGeneres taking a selfie with stars in the Oscar audience. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))


LOS ANGELES (AP) — One perk that "12 Years A Slave" director Steve McQueen did not know comes with an Oscar win: a kiss on the lips from Brad Pitt. Just after the film took the award for best picture, Pitt and McQueen were toasting the victory with a silver flask by the side of the stage. Pitt then grabbed McQueen and kissed him full on the mouth. McQueen said, "I think I just made every man and some women jealous." Pitt's response: "Just so you know, you were my first." Pitt was a producer on the film.


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Michael Weinfeld, AP entertainment editor

"Gravity" won seven Oscars, but as we hear from AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld, another film was the big winner.

<<CUT *026 (03/03/14)>> 00:15 "Van Halen jump"

Steve McQueen, director, best picture winner "12 Years A Slave"

Steve McQueen says he was jumping up and down on stage because he was excited that his movie won best picture.

<<CUT *027 (03/03/14)>> 00:12 "be a reality"

Steve McQueen, director, best picture winner "12 Years A Slave"

Steve McQueen was asked what he'd tell aspiring black filmmakers who might be inspired by him becoming the first black director to win best picture.

<<CUT *003 (03/03/14)>> 00:10 "Years A Slave"

Will Smith, announcing the winner of the best picture Oscar

Here's Will Smith, announcing the winner of the best picture Oscar. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *004 (03/03/14)>> 00:12 "you, thank you (cheers)"

Steve McQueen, producer-director of "12 Years A Slave," accepting best picture Oscar

Steve McQueen says slavery must be seen as something more than just history. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *010 (03/03/14)>> 00:10 "Mr. Steve McQueen (cheers)"

Brad Pitt, producer, accepting best picture Oscar for "12 Years a Slave"

Brad Pitt says the director of "12 Years a Slave" is the man behind the Oscar winning movie. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cate Blanchett gets stressed out by the Oscars. Blanchett was one of the favorites to win best actress for her role in "Blue Jasmine" but she says waiting until the end of last night's show was "an intense, unbearable pressure" and she was glad when it was over. Blanchett says every year she watches great performances by women in film and draws inspiration from that. She says just to be mentioned with them is "the privilege and the rest is just chocolate."


<<CUT *008 (03/03/14)>> 00:17 "earn money, so (cheers)"

Cate Blanchett, accepting best actress Oscar for "Blue Jasmine."

Cate Blanchett says the success of "Blue Jasmine" and the films of her fellow nominees should send a message to Hollywood. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man who co-wrote the song that won the Oscar last night has joined the exclusive EGOT club. Robert Lopez co-wrote "Let It Go" from "Frozen," which won the best original song. Lopez now has wins at the Emmys, the Grammys, the Oscars and the Tonys. He's only the 12th person to do that. Lopez earned Tonys for his work on "The Book of Mormon" and "Avenue Q," a Grammy for the cast album for "The Book of Mormon" and Emmys for "Wonder Pets."


NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Winning an Oscar not only gets the attention of everyone in Hollywood, it gets the attention of the political bigwigs back home. Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta calls actress Lupita Nyong'o (loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YONG'-goh) "the pride of Africa" after her win for best supporting actress for "12 Years A Slave." British Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated director Steve McQueen for "12 Years A Slave" winning best picture. Cameron also calls the Oscar wins for "Gravity" ''a tribute to the brilliance of British special effects wizards." Italy Premiere Matteo Renzi says "The Great Beauty" winning for best foreign-language film is an "Italian moment of pride."


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Lupita Nyong'o (loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YONG'-goh), accepting best supporting actress Oscar

Lupita Nyong'o honors the memory of the slave she played in "12 Years A Slave" COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))


NEW YORK (AP) — Lena Dunham will make a visit to Riverdale. Dunham will write a four-part story for Archie Comics that will come out next year. Dunham is a longtime fan of the comics. She says she used to go to comics conventions and keep first editions in plastic sleeves. Her story line will have Archie and the gang interacting with a reality show that films in Riverdale.


CHICAGO (AP) — It was ten degrees in Chicago, but Jimmy Fallon decided to take a swim in Lake Michigan anyway. Fallon made good on his promise to do a "Polar Plunge" with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in exchange for Emanuel appearing on "The Tonight Show." Fallon took a dip Sunday in a full suit and tie while a group of bagpipers played. Emanuel wore a sweatshirt and shorts. The event was a fundraiser for Special Olympics Chicago.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Liam Neeson's film "Non-Stop" has stopped the dominance of "The Lego Movie" at the box office. "Non-Stop" earned $30 million its first weekend out, putting it at number one. "The Lego Movie" had been number one for three weeks straight but now drops to third with $21 million in ticket sales for the weekend. "Son of God" was second with $26.5 million.

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Jamie Friar

"Non-Stop" -- to the top. The AP's Jamie Friar has the weekend box office results. ((opens with sound))

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Jamie Friar

A new number-one at you local theater this weekend. The AP's Jamie Friar takes a look at the weekend box office figures.

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Sound of excerpt from "Non-Stop"

Sound of excerpt from "Non-Stop," which was tops at the weekend box office.

by Margie Szaroleta

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