SHOW BITS: A tribute to the losers

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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QUICKQUOTE: SETH MACFARLANE

“Now I can drink with abandon.” _ Seth MacFarlane after the final curtain on this year’s Academy Awards show. He had nipped from a minibar-sized bottle of whiskey during the show.

_ Sandy Cohen _ http://www.twitter.com/apsandy

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MASTER-FUL EXIT

In recent years, everyone would head for the door as soon as the best picture winner _ the last Oscar category in the show _ was announced, leaving the winner with an empty room to thank.

This year, organizers hoped to get attendees to stick around until the end of the show for a closing performance from Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth, which was dedicated to all the evening’s Oscar losers.

“Ladies and gentleman, we ask that you remain in your seats after the last award for a very special closing number,” a female announcer calmly announced during the show’s final commercial break.

Well, one pair of “losers” weren’t interested. “The Master” stars Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman bolted for the door at the beginning of the song.

_ Derrik J. Lang _ Twitter http://twitter.com/derrikjlang

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THANKING THE `MOVIE GOD’

Ang Lee had his priorities in order when he gave one of his first thank you’s to the “movie god.”

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