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Clip Reveals Frenzied Behind-the-Scenes Direction of a Legendary Oscar Moment: VIDEO

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Here's a Friday flashback for you.

Ever wondered what the director of the Academy Awards does to make a (usually) technically flawless show run smoothly? Apparently it takes quite a bit of energy, shouting, and snapping to do the trick.

A clip uploaded by YouTube user Tashy Siny and reported by Business Insider highlights behind-the-scenes work at the 1996 Oscars when Cuba Gooding, Jr. (above) won Best Supporting Actor for "Jerry Maguire." The speech has gone down in history as one of the show's most vivacious, and director Louis J. Horvitz (below, center) had energy to match.

Stick with it for the last line; priceless.

Check out the exciting clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ellen Takes us Behind the Scenes at the Oscars: VIDEO

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On today's show, Ellen takes us behind the scenes of her Oscar hosting gig, revealing the moment she planned the Twitter-destroying group selfie and the immediate reaction backstage after she pulled it off, along with backstage encounters with Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Benedict Cumberbatch, and rehearsal moments.

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Ellen Catches Up with Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o, and the Pizza Guy in Post-Oscars Show: VIDEO

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A day after her hosting gig at the Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres welcomed winners Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o to her show to rehash last night's pizza-eating, selfie-taking telecast, which drew 43 million viewers, and was the most-watched in the last 10 years.

Leto says he still hasn't watched Dallas Buyers Club and doesn't have plans to.

Ellen also welcomed Edgar the pizza guy and gave him a big tip for delivering all those slices.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Matthew McConaughey Criticized for Neglecting Mention of AIDS in Bizarre Oscar Speech: VIDEO

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Matthew McConaughey is drawing criticism for his Best Actor acceptance speech for Dallas Buyers Club, in which he played Ron Woodroof, a straight Dallas electrician and real-life AIDS patient who organized a buying club for hard-to-find pharmaceuticals in the mid-80s.

McConaughey's speech, unlike his co-star Jared Leto's, failed to make any mention of people living with HIV/AIDS but thanked God and, himself.

Watch the speech and read a transcript, AFTER THE JUMP...

Writes Daniel D'Addario at Salon:

McConaughey ended his speech with catchphrases from “Dazed and Confused.” But he wasn’t, strictly speaking, accepting an Oscar for that ’90s cult classic; he was accepting an Oscar for a movie about a destructive and awful disease. There are no hard-and-fast rules here, but an actor portraying a character caught up in a historical tragedy ought perhaps to acknowledge the tragedy was real — if only to note that his performance was given additional gravitas by real-life circumstances. In McConaughey’s mind, surely, “Dallas Buyers Club” is potent and sad simply because of the quality of his own performance. But then, this is a fellow who thinks his lines from a 20-year-old movie deserve to be iconic; his perspective may be skewed.

Adds David Badash at The New Civil Rights Movement:

McConaughey certainly honored his family, and God, but the manner in which he did ended up feeling like he merely was pushing pseudo-science and patting himself on the back...While I may not be a person of faith, I’d like to believe that Jesus, were he in McConaughey’s shoes last night, would have mentioned the “36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS,” and all those who need our help and attention.

Tweeted NYC City Councilman Corey Johnson:

Matthew Mc -no mention of people living with HIV/AIDS? No mention of ACTUP/activism? A nonsensical egotrip. Disappointing to say the least.

There is one place McConaughey's speech is being lauded, however. Conservative blogs and FOX News:

Fox News’ online Oscar coverage said McConaughey was “one of the first of the night” to thank God for his win, highlight the praise (and some detraction) he received on social media for doing so. The site did not mention the religious shout-out from 20 Feet From Stardom’s Darlene Love, nor the moment that Bette Midler sang the line “Thank God for you” at the end of “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy was one of the first sites to jump on the Twitter reaction to McConaughey’s speech, with some fans questioning the tepid level of applause he received from the audience for doing so.

Conservative commentator Katie Pavlich weighed in on TownHall.com, applauding McConaughey for putting God above his family in the speech and contrasting him with Blue Jasmine’s Cate Blanchett, who “thanked pervert Woody Allen for her Oscar win.”

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Liza Minnelli's Best (and Worst) Moments from Last Night's Oscars: VIDEO, PHOTOS

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Because the world always needs more Liza Minnelli!

Liza Minnelli came to the Oscars last night with Lorna and Joey Luft, Judy Garland's other children, to see their late mother honored in a tribute to the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.

She wore "classic Halston" with a matching blue streak in her hair. People noticed.

The night had a few (but not enough) Liza moments, beginning with the stunned reaction when Ellen DeGeneres compared her to a drag queen:

The WaPo reports:

“Hello to the best Liza Minnelli impersonator I’ve ever seen,” she said — to Minnelli herself. “Good job, sir.”

In the live audience: … crickets.

And on Twitter: raw outrage. Particularly among members of the LGBT community who considered DeGeneres’ joke “transphobic.”

Liza seemed a bit stunned, though apparently Lorna thought it was hilarious. Liza has no problem with drag queens, however.

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Then Liza tried to get in on the record-breaking Twitter selfie. Didn't work.

As some Twitter users noted: "We Are All Liza Minnelli Getting Shut Out Of The Ellen Selfie."

Tweeted Harry Clayton-Wright: "POOR LIZA. It's just not her night. #Oscars2014"

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No Liza. See the making of the selfie HERE.

She did get her own selfie though:

And when it was time for Liza, Lorna, and Joey to stand up and be recognized before the tribute to their mother, you could have blinked and missed it. Why they were not allowed to come out and introduce the segment is unclear.

Though she did get some respect from Piers Morgan out on the red carpet beforehand.

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Liza needs to be a fixture at every Oscars.


Jimmy Kimmel Remakes Viral Videos with Hollywood Stars in Post-Oscars Special: WATCH

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As part of his post-Oscar special, Jimmy Kimmel remade a series of viral YouTube videos into twisted mini-movies, replacing the viral video stars with Hollywood counterparts.

LatifahIn the first, Kimmel remade Sweet Brown's "Aint Nobody Got Time for Dat" with Queen Latifah, but then the real Sweet Brown showed up. Along with Adam Driver, Barkhad Abdi, and Matt Damon.

Kimmel also mixed "David after Dentist" and "Double Rainbow" into a dental LSD trip with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Samuel L. Jackson and Seth Rogen.

There was an Amadeus spoof made up of bits from "Keyboard Cat" and "Hamster on a Piano" with Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman, Ben Kingsley, Christoph Waltz, Kevin Spacey and Mandy Patinkin.

And then Kimmel twisted "Charlie Bit My Finger" into a much darker, Christopher Nolan-style tale of two brothers, Chris and Liam Hemsworth, battling it out. Featuring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

What is this bizarre world we're living in now?

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