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Box Office Top 20: 'Get Out' nets $33.4 million opening

Comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut, "Get Out," did even better in its first weekend in theaters than initially projected. The micro budget thriller pulled in $33.4 million — about $3 million higher than what was estimated on Sunday by the studios.

It easily topped the box office and unseated "The Lego Batman Movie" from first place. The "Lego Movie" spinoff earned $19.2 million in its third week in theaters.

Lionsgate's "John Wick: Chapter Two" took the third-place spot with $9.4 million, bringing its total to $74.8 million after three weeks, while "The Great Wall" added $9.1 million in week two. In fifth place, "Fifty Shades Darker" grossed $7.8 million, bumping the picture past the $100 million mark domestically.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:

1. "Get Out," Universal, $33,377,060, 2,781 locations, $12,002 average, $33,377,060, 1 week.

2. "The Lego Batman Movie," Warner Bros., $19,208,097, 4,057 locations, $4,735 average, $133,214,675, 3 weeks.

3. "John Wick: Chapter Two," Lionsgate, $9,358,982, 2,954 locations, $3,168 average, $74,771,682, 3 weeks.

4. "The Great Wall," Universal, $9,125,960, 3,328 locations, $2,742 average, $34,831,600, 2 weeks.

5. "Fifty Shades Darker," Universal, $7,792,655, 3,216 locations, $2,423 average, $103,727,870, 3 weeks.

6. "Fist Fight," Warner Bros., $6,571,348, 3,185 locations, $2,063 average, $23,446,175, 2 weeks.

7. "Hidden Figures," 20th Century Fox, $5,805,737, 2,022 locations, $2,871 average, $152,746,541, 10 weeks.

8. "La La Land," Lionsgate, $4,689,292, 1,733 locations, $2,706 average, $140,949,357, 12 weeks.

9. "Split," Universal, $4,098,990, 1,901 locations, $2,156 average, $130,823,885, 6 weeks.

10. "Lion," The Weinstein Company, $3,832,257, 1,802 locations, $2,127 average, $42,840,594, 14 weeks.

11. "Rock Dog," Lionsgate, $3,704,749, 2,077 locations, $1,784 average, $3,704,749, 1 week.

12. "A Dog's Purpose," Universal, $3,572,435, 2,089 locations, $1,710 average, $57,581,040, 5 weeks.

13. "MET Opera: Rusalka (2017)," Fathom Events, $1,540,000, 900 locations, $1,711 average, $1,540,000, 1 week.

14. "Collide," Open Road, $1,512,824, 2,045 locations, $740 average, $1,512,824, 1 week.

15. "Cure For Wellness, A," 20th Century Fox, $1,401,394, 2,704 locations, $518 average, $7,496,644, 2 weeks.

16. "Moana," Disney, $827,436, 378 locations, $2,189 average, $246,027,358, 14 weeks.

17. "I Am Not Your Negro," Magnolia Pictures, $826,126, 313 locations, $2,639 average, $4,681,486, 4 weeks.

18. "Fences," Paramount, $776,093, 597 locations, $1,300 average, $56,552,381, 11 weeks.

19. "Rings," Paramount, $686,936, 719 locations, $955 average, $27,296,410, 4 weeks.

20. "Moonlight," A24, $591,202, 585 locations, $1,011 average, $22,111,526, 19 weeks.


Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

Oscars flap eclipses 'Moonlight' win, but civility reigns

The 89th Academy Awards got off on the right foot, with a song and dance, but ended with the most stunning mistake ever to befall the esteemed awards show when the best picture Oscar was presented to the wrong movie. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, holding an incorrect envelope, wrongly presented the top prize to "La La Land" instead of "Moonlight."

The moment at the conclusion of the Sunday-night show was so jaw-dropping, it eclipsed everything else in a ceremony that was packed to the brim with Donald Trump jabs, fun stunts, heartfelt positivity and a stunning upset by "Moonlight" over what had been a "La La" juggernaut throughout the awards season. Yet somehow, even the embarrassing moment pivoted into grace.

As confusion and bafflement overwhelmed those in the Dolby Theatre and at home on their couches, "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins and "La La Land" director Damien Chazelle shared a hug on the back of the stage, out of sight from the television cameras.

"The folks of 'La La Land' were so gracious. I can't imagine being in their position and having to do that," Jenkins told reporters backstage. "It was unfortunate that things happened as they did but, goddamn, we won best picture."

Oscar tabulators PwC, in their 83rd year providing the service to the academy, later apologized in a statement and are investigating why it happened.

There's no denying, though, that "Moonlight's" win over "La La Land" was a massive upset, made only more pointed by the envelope gaffe. Chazelle's candy-colored musical was widely presumed to be a shoo-in for the top prize after its record-tying 14 nominations and a relative sweep of the awards season. The film still won six Oscars, including best director for Chazelle, who at 32 became the youngest ever to take the prize, and for score, song ("City of Stars") and actress to Emma Stone.

The actress, who pledged her deep love of "Moonlight," said later, "Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? Cool!"

The best picture mix-up apparently wasn't the only gaffe at the Oscars. An Australian film producer's photo was mistakenly included in the "In Memoriam" tribute. Jan Chapman's photo was shown with the name of Janet Patterson, an Australian costume designer who died in 2015. The Academy didn't respond to a request for comment.

The academy usually throws awards at films that gaze lovingly at Hollywood, but Barry Jenkins' heartfelt coming-of-age drama seduced academy voters in the end — a subtle tide change perhaps informed by both a prickly political climate and an urgent imperative to honor more diverse films after two consecutive years of OscarsSoWhite.

Diversity could be found in every corner of the awards this year, with supporting acting wins for "Moonlight's" Mahershala Ali and "Fences'" Viola Davis, although the best actor category proved to be a bit of an upset when Casey Affleck won for "Manchester by the Sea" over Denzel Washington of "Fences," who had picked up momentum in recent weeks.

The improvement followed efforts by Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to diversify the membership of the largely white, older and male film academy. "Tonight is proof that art has no borders, no single language and does not belong to a single faith," said Isaacs.

Davis gave a particularly powerful speech in which she praised the late "Fences" playwright August Wilson who, she said, "Exhumed and exalted the ordinary people." Kimmel said later that Davis, "Just got nominated for an Emmy for that speech."

Ezra Edelman, whose nearly eight-hour epic "O.J.: Made in America" took best documentary, dedicated the award to the victims of the famous crime, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Rich Moore, one of the three directors of Disney's best animated film winner "Zootopia," described the movie as about "tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other."

The majority of speeches were moving and personal and generally in praise of art's ability to create empathy in the world, including Jenkins' in his win for adapted screenplay, who said, "All you people out there who feel like there isn't a mirror out there for you, the Academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, and for the next four years we will not leave you alone, we will not forget you." But not one speech came close to Meryl Streep's Golden Globes barnburner.

"Personally, I didn't say anything because my head was completely blank," Affleck said backstage of his not political speech.

Instead, politics stayed largely with host Jimmy Kimmel, who kept his barbs coy and irreverent, stating at the start that he wasn't the man to unite the country.

The host peppered the evening with digs at President Trump, at one point asking the crowd to stand for the "overrated Meryl Streep," and, later, for any news outlet with the word "Times" in its name to leave, saying, "We have no tolerance for fake news."

Kimmel even jokingly thanked the president for shifting the focus of the night.

"Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?" he said in the opening.

The evening's most blunt protests against Trump came not from the A-list stars but from foreigners, a few of whom were not even in attendance and could communicate their sentiments only through statements.

Kimmel, as if predicting that this would be the case, said early that the Oscars are watched by 225 countries "that now hate us."

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose "The Salesman" won best foreign film, his second win in the category, did not attend the ceremony in protest of Trump's travel ban to seven predominantly Muslim nations.

Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian astronaut, read a statement from Farhadi.

"I'm sorry I'm not with you tonight," it read. "My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S."

Gael Garcia Bernal, the Mexican actor, while presenting an award, also declared: "As a migrant worker, as a Mexican, and as a human being, I am against any wall."

But, of course, the big best picture mistake will be the thing that history remembers about the 89th Academy Awards.

"Let's remember this is just an awards show," Kimmel said at the close. "I knew I would screw this show up, I really did. I promise I'll never come back."


AP Film Writer Jake Coyle contributed from Los Angeles.

Trump says Oscars focused hard on politics before 'sad' end

President Donald Trump is giving Sunday's Academy Awards two thumbs down, calling the botched ending "sad."

The president said in an interview with Breitbart News on Monday that the Academy Awards "focused so hard on politics that they didn't get the act together at the end." Pointing to the flubbed awarding of "Moonlight" as the Oscar-winning best picture after initially giving the prize to "La La Land," Trump said, "to end that way was sad."

The president was attending a Governors' Ball at the White House for most of Sunday's awards ceremony. The annual Oscars ceremony carried a political edge throughout the evening, with many winners, presenters and host Jimmy Kimmel taking digs at Trump.

Trump, who was photographed at the Oscars in 2011, said the ceremony "didn't feel like a very glamorous evening." He said the event "was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars."

The president has been critical of the Oscars before. In February 2015, he complained that the Oscars ceremony was "absolutely terrible" and "boring" and suggested the "perfect host for next year: Me."

At the end of Sunday's ceremony, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway apparently took the wrong envelope onto the stage for best picture and mistakenly read "La La Land" as the winner. Kimmel came forward to inform the cast that "Moonlight" had won the prize.

The 32.9 million viewers tuning into Sunday's Academy Awards represented a drop-off of more than a million from last year and Oscar's smallest audience since 2008.


AP Television Writer Frazier Moore contributed to this report.

Advocacy groups: Forget Oscars snafu, focus on 'Moonlight'

because "Moonlight" made history in all the right kinds of ways.

The coming-of-age story of a gay black youth in a poor Miami neighborhood was made on the tiniest of budgets — $1.5 million, said director Barry Jenkins backstage. It had a mostly black cast, and was seen as the first LGBT-themed movie to win best picture in the 89-year history of the awards show.

And so, there's no point in wondering whether the spectacular mess-up that led to "La La Land" first being announced best picture winner — incorrectly — would overshadow the "Moonlight" win, said Sarah Kate Ellis, president & CEO of GLAAD, the LGBT advocacy group. "I don't think you CAN overshadow the 'Moonlight' win," she said in an interview, while acknowledging it was "a bit upsetting that it went down that way."

What won out, she said, was not only a strong message of diversity and inclusivity, but "hopefully the bigger dream — that Hollywood recognizes this and continues to produce films like this, so that they are not the exception but the rule."

"So often we've heard from Hollywood that writers aren't writing about these things," Ellis said. "So having a success at this level takes that narrative out." The reason for the film's success, she said, was simple: "It reflects the world we live in today. Countless people can relate to it."

Gil Robertson, president of the African-American Film Critics Association, said he woke up on Monday morning simply "floating" over the "Moonlight" win.

"It's definitely a sign that the tide has turned" in Hollywood, Robertson said. The most significant result, he said, is what it would signal to up-and-coming filmmakers.

"What's cool for black filmmakers and filmmakers in general is that this lets them know that it's possible," he said. "It shows them, 'Wow, I can do this too.' That's probably the biggest thing to come out of this." As for the snafu, he said, "It was a mistake. Let's just move on."

That's essentially what Jenkins said backstage, minutes after accepting the best picture trophy. He noted that he had wanted to thank the studio, A24, for believing in and supporting the project throughout — but didn't have time, given the chaos onstage.

"My whole acceptance speech was going to be in thanks to them, because it's amazing to be Barry Jenkins right now, but it was not a year and a half ago for a guy who made a movie for $13,000 and hadn't made a movie in seven years at that point," he said. "And it's unfortunate that things happened the way they did. But hot damn, we won best picture."

He added that "the folks of 'La La Land' were so gracious. I can't imagine being in their position and having to do that."

Oscar tabulators PwC, in their 83rd year providing the service to the academy, later apologized in a statement and were investigating why presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had been given the wrong envelope — a duplicate envelope for the best actress category, which was won by Emma Stone for "La La Land."

Director Damien Chazelle's buoyant musical had been widely considered a shoo-in for best picture after netting a record-tying 14 nominations and a slew of earlier awards this season. The film still won six Oscars, including best director for Chazelle, at 32 became the youngest ever to take the prize, and for score, song ("City of Stars") and actress to Stone.

"Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time?" Stone said later of the mix-up. "Cool!"

It wasn't the only gaffe at the ceremony. An Australian film producer's photo was mistakenly included in the "In Memoriam" tribute. Jan Chapman's photo was shown with the name of Janet Patterson, an Australian costume designer who died in 2015. The Academy didn't respond to a request for comment.

"Moonlight" triumphed in a year when the academy was under pressure to honor more diverse films after two consecutive years of OscarsSoWhite, when no black actors were nominated. (Even before "Moonlight" won best picture, this year's awards were much more diverse, with supporting acting wins for the film's Mahershala Ali, and for Viola Davis in "Fences.")

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs had taken action to diversify the membership of the largely white, older and male film academy. "Tonight is proof that art has no borders, no single language and does not belong to a single faith," Isaacs said on Sunday.

In Liberty City, the Miami community featured in "Moonlight," Larry Anderson, who played the character of Antwon in the film, said Jenkins' success had given him hope for his own future. Larry, 17, is a junior at Miami Northwestern Senior High School.

"Knowing that he came from the same — not just Miami, but Liberty City, same Pork n' Beans (housing project), Miami Northwestern (High School) and the same programs that I've been part of, it tells me I can achieve me in the same way as him," Larry said. "It does give me a special connection that he walked the same halls."


AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr in Los Angeles and David Fischer in Miami contributed to this report.

Donald Trump says Oscar mix-up was caused by media's focus on him

The accounting firm responsible for tallying Oscar votes and keeping up with envelopes containing the winners has apologized for the Best Picture gaffe at the end of Sunday’s Academy Awards, but President Donald Trump believes the mix-up was actually about him.

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In an interview with Breitbart, the president said people involved with the awards show were so focused on “attacking him” that attention to detail suffered.

“I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” Trump said. “It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening. I’ve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.”

Breitbart noted that the “awful mistake came after hours of Trump-bashing by the Hollywood elites, who hammered the president in joke after joke. Now, the president has got the last laugh as he hammers Hollywood for its epic fail.”

>> Oscars 2017: 'Moonlight' wins Best Picture after 'La La Land' mistakenly announced

>> Here's how the Oscars mix-up for Best Picture happened

Actor Warren Beatty and his “Bonnie and Clyde” costar Faye Dunaway introduced the final trophy of the night, but they received the wrong envelope. Beatty had a quizzical look on his face and Dunaway announced “La La Land,” apparently having read the title.

“Hello. I want to tell you what happened: I opened the envelope, and it said Emma Stone, ‘La La Land.’ I wasn’t trying to be funny,” Beatty told the audience shortly after the mix-up. “This is ‘Moonlight,’ the best picture.”

In a statement, PricewaterhouseCoopers apologized for the snafu.

“We sincerely apologize to “Moonlight,” “La La Land,” Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for best picture,” the firm said in a statement. “The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”

>> 2017 Oscars: 'Moonlight' Best Picture, complete list of winners

Author, newspaper columnist Jay Cronley dies at 73

Oklahoma-based author Jay Cronley, whose books were made into movies starring some of Hollywood's most notable funnymen, has died at age 73.

The longtime Tulsa newspaper columnist died Sunday night at his home of an apparent heart attack, his daughter Samantha Noel told The Associated Press. She said he would want to be remembered for his writing, humor and creativity.

"He would find humor in the most mundane parts of life. He didn't like praise, he didn't like attention, he just liked to write and be read," Noel said.

Cronley's books included "Funny Farm," which was turned into a 1988 movie starring Chevy Chase, and "Quick Change," made into a movie starring Bill Murray in 1990.

He also wrote "Good Vibes," which was the basis for the 1989 movie "Let It Ride" starring Richard Dreyfuss as a horseplayer who couldn't lose. Cronley called Dreyfuss a great actor and praised the adaptation of his book onto the screen, saying: "I loved every second of this movie. It is the book."

Cronley worked at the Tulsa Tribune for 22 years before joining the Tulsa World in 1992, according to the Tulsa World. His final column appeared in March 2016.

In a column last January reflecting on the films, Cronley admitted that he was hesitant to watch "Funny Farm," in which New Yorkers try the rural life.

"I held my breath the first time I saw it, concerned that my favorite line from the novel would be axed. But 'Cue the deer,' ... emerged intact," he wrote.

He also noted that "Quick Change" was first turned into a French movie before Bill Murray made an American version — but "somebody changed the ending big-time." He said Murray, who co-directed the heist comedy, was funny in person.

Noel said father and Murray occasionally kept in touch.

"He became friendly with Bill Murray, and one time he came through Tulsa and stopped and they had breakfast together," Noel said. "Some Route 66 restaurant."

The Nebraska native grew up in a newspaper family: His father, John, was sports editor of The Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City for 35 years.

Jay Cronley also wrote for and Playboy, according to his daughter, and was a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.

After his final Tulsa World column in March 2016, he continued a column for the newspaper in which he predicted the scores of college and professional football games under the pseudonym The Picker, which was supposed to provide anonymity.

"That was the worst kept secret in Oklahoma," Noel said. "He would get $100 in the mail from people who apparently used his picks to bet on games."

Cronley is also survived by a son-in-law, two grandsons and his "ex-wife and best friend," Connie Cronley, Noel said.

Oscars memorial leaves out Arquette's transgender sister

Actress Patricia Arquette says she was upset the Oscars left her transgender sister out of the "In Memoriam" tribute.

Arquette told ABC News she thought the Academy Awards "would have a little bit more respect" for the transgender community. Arquette says her sister Alexis Arquette should have been honored because she had a great body of work and was one of few transgender artists in the business.

Alexis Arquette died Sept. 11 from a heart attack and battled HIV for 29 years.

She memorably played a trans sex worker in "Last Exit to Brooklyn" and a Boy George impersonator in "The Wedding Singer."

The "In Memoriam" portion of the show remembers major Hollywood film figures who died last year. This year's segment included Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher and Gene Wilder.

Others left out included Florence Henderson and Garry Shandling. And the "In Memoriam" segment included a notable gaffe when Jan Chapman's photo was shown with the name of Janet Patterson, an Australian costume designer who died in 2015. The Academy didn't respond to a request for comment.

Last year, Abe Vigoda's family said they felt "cheated and disappointed" when he was omitted from the "In Memoriam" tribute. Vigoda portrayed Salvatore "Sal" Tessio, the doomed Mafia soldier in "The Godfather."

Oscar envelopes explained: How presenters get winning names

A look at how the Academy Awards' winners envelopes are handled before being opened live onstage:

— The consulting firm PwC, formerly Price Waterhouse Coopers, tabulates the winners based on ballots cast by the academy's 6,687 voting members. Unlike the nominations, which rely on a branch-specific, preferential-voting system, winners are chosen by popular vote — except for best picture, which uses the preferential method, wherein voters rank their favorite films in order and accountants determine the highest-ranked choice that appears on the most ballots.

— Two accountants are tasked with bringing the final results, inside sealed envelopes, to the Oscars ceremony. They are the people carrying briefcases on the red carpet, flanked by police protection. Each briefcase contains an identical set of envelopes for the show's 24 categories. The accountants also memorize the winners.

— The two accountants are ostensibly the only people who know the winners before they are announced live on TV.

— During the telecast, the two briefcase-toting accountants are stationed in the Dolby Theatre wings, one stage left and one stage right.

— Most presenters enter stage right. They come backstage a few minutes ahead of time, and the accountant hands them their category's envelope just before they walk onstage. The category is indicated both on the envelope and on the card with the winner's name. The sealed envelope with the winner's name inside is opened live onstage.

— The unused duplicate envelopes are discarded, though there is no formal process for how that happens, such as a dedicated shredder or wastebasket.

— On Sunday, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway entered stage right, where PwC representative Brian Cullinan handed them the errant envelope.

— The previous award, best actress, was presented by Leonardo DiCaprio, who entered stage left. PwC representative Martha Ruiz handed him the envelope for the correct category.

— A duplicate, unopened envelope for best actress remained stage right, and apparently ended up in the hands of Beatty and Dunaway.


AP Entertainment Writer Lynn Elber contributed to this report.

Is that a joke? Oscar mix-up leads to funny memes, tweets

The best picture Oscar blunder prompted snickering from Ryan Gosling and a cascade of politically tinged jokes on Twitter, with some even declaring Hillary Clinton the winner.

Billy Crystal tweeted : "Amazing ending. Wish that had happened on Election Day." Seth MacFarlane chimed in : "You know what the problem is -- millions of Academy members voted illegally."

The sarcasm started after "La La Land" was wrongly announced as the best picture winner. The actual winner was "Moonlight," drawing a giggle from Gosling, who was on stage with the "La La Land" cast when the real winner was announced.

Memes using the Oscar winner envelope held up by "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz were edited to instead show titles of films that have garnered little attention from the Academy, including "Ernest Goes to Camp" and "Space Jam."

Other memes showed the popular vote totals for the recent U.S. presidential election, with Clinton tallying more ballots than President Donald Trump. Another displayed a photo of Russian President Vladmir Putin, comically suggesting there was some sort of hacking involved in what's become known as #envelopegate and #oscarsfail.

The sports world dished out a few of its own jabs at the expense of the Oscars snafu. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers tweeted : "Derek Zoolander is smiling somewhere." And the Twitter account for the Oklahoma City Thunder repeated the final score of their win Sunday night, saying #nochange.

A peek at off-camera happenings at the Academy Awards

While the whole of Oscar night was eclipsed by the unprecedented best-picture flub at the show's conclusion, the Academy Awards is a starry celebration onscreen and off. For every memorable moment during the telecast, countless others occur away from the camera's eye in the wings of the Dolby Theatre stage.

Here's a look at a few key moments you didn't see during the show.

BEST SHOW EVER: Jimmy Kimmel's team of writers and producers did the same "Best show ever!" chant before the Oscars that they do before each taping of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

After the show, amid the confusion over the best-picture mix-up, writer-comedian Adam Carolla proposed a toast to the host outside his dressing room.

"How impressed are we with Jimmy?" Carolla said. "We'll never forget this Oscars. Remember when he hosted that one where they screwed up the envelope?"

Kimmel paid tribute to his expectant wife, Molly McNearney, and to all the writers on his team, saying he felt a responsibility to deliver their material well because "you know what jokes you wrote, and your family knows what jokes you wrote."

The comic added that though he's cracked about the Oscar-hosting gig, "I secretly really did want to be asked."

As far as the final award gaffe, Kimmel said, "I still don't know what happened."

Then his team sent him off with a concluding chant of "Best show ever!" and Kimmel and his wife headed to the Governors Ball.

CUTEST COUPLES: John Legend and Chrissy Teigen were mutually doting at Sunday's ceremony.

Before the show began, Legend told his wife, "You look so pretty," before tucking a lock of hair behind her ear.

Once the show began, Teigen noticed that Ryan Gosling was walking behind her and Legend toward the green room.

"Your best friend's behind you," Teigen told her husband.

"John drops your name every time," she said to Gosling, who blushed but blew it off.

Legend insisted that he had to change clothes to perform his "La La Land" medley, but Teigen convinced him to get a cocktail first.

"Let's get a drink, then change and go pee," she offered, and Legend followed her to the green room.

Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann are also in the running for cutest Oscar couple. Apatow accompanied his wife backstage as she prepared for her Oscar moment: introducing the film academy's scientific and technical winners. Apatow handed her a bottle of water with straw in it and kissed her cheek before she took the stage. Then he documented her big moment, capturing cellphone footage while she was onstage.

When she finished her lines and returned backstage, Apatow told her, "That was great!"

VALUABLE DNA: After his show-opening performance, Justin Timberlake dropped by Kelly Ripa's backstage set.

He chatted about his Oscar number and upcoming projects, leaving behind a small plastic cup he'd sipped from during the taping.

After he left the interview space, Ripa said: "We're going to auction this off on eBay. This was Justin's cup."

Though he was already walking away, Timberlake made an abrupt turn to collect his refuse, saying, "I'll take that."

The cup hasn't yet shown up on eBay.

GO TIME? Meryl Streep was taking a sit-down break backstage before her presentation duties. But when an announcer said, "Coming up, Meryl Streep," the actress hopped up from her seat.

The announcer was indicating what was to come after a commercial, but Streep was instantly on edge.

"What?!" she said, jumping to her feet and preparing to take the stage.

"That was a moment," Javier Bardem said with a smile.

"It's happened before," Streep said.

TEENAGE DREAM: Sixteen-year-old Auli'I Cravalho, who voices the title character in "Moana," made her stage debut in front of an audience of millions Sunday.

Before Cravalho took the stage to sing "How Far I'll Go," from the film, songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda introduced her performance with an original rap.

He stayed in the wings of the stage to watch her performance on a monitor. When she finished the song flawlessly, Miranda clapped, jumped and shouted, "Wow."

Cravalho got more kudos after coming offstage. She passed Janelle Monae in the hallway, who told her, "You're beautiful, and you're darling, too."


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