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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Show Bits brings you the 85th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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WALTZ PULLS OSCAR UPSET

It didn’t take long for the first big upset of Oscar night.

Christoph Waltz claimed the first statuette, winning best supporting actor for his role as a refined bounty hunter in “Django Unchained.”

Waltz briefly found himself in a bizarre moment in the backstage interview room when actor David Arquette popped up and asked if he was excited about the possibility of a black man being chosen as the next pope.

“It would be an exciting thing,” he said. “I’m an adamant non-racist. I don’t care whether the pope is black or white or whatever color. If we are non-racists then we have to stay non-racists all the way.”

_ Beth Harris _ http://www.twitter.com/bethharrisap

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MAYBE IT LOOKED EASY …

Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were one big bundle of nerves before they took the stage for their opening song-and-dance numbers.

Radcliffe danced by himself. Theron dabbed at her eyes and Gordon-Levitt stood silently as Oscar host Seth MacFarlane delivered the Oscar show’s opening monologue.

Then it was time to hit the stage.

“Thank God!” Theron said afterward as she let out a sigh of relief.

“You stepped on my dress,” she told Tatum.

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