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Academy officials said they didn’t hand out any gift bags.

“I guess I have a lot to learn,” Arquette said when told that.

The actor says he decided to cover the event so he could get a view of entertainment reporting from the other side.

He also took the opportunity to make a pitch to Kahrs.

“I do lots of voices,” he told the director, “so if you’re ever looking … “

_ Hannah Dreier _ Twitter http://twitter.com/hannahdreier

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BASSEY HITS IT OUTTA THE PARK

For all the sparkling young starlets and the edgy new host, it was none other than Dame Shirley Bassey who truly set the joint on fire early in the Oscar telecast.

The 76-year-old singer’s rendition of the theme from “Goldfinger” _ or, as she sang so memorably, “GoldfinGAH” _ was a feel-good moment that won what was at the time the biggest ovation of the night.

Bassey, who recorded the song in the ‘60s to great acclaim, reprised it as part of the Academy’s 50th anniversary tribute to the James Bond franchise.

On social networks, as people were debating vigorously how the telecast was going, there was no question as to how Bassey did: She was an unqualified hit.

Minutes after the performance, the singer and her song were trending on Twitter.

_ Jocelyn Noveck _ Twitter http://twitter.com/JocelynNoveckAP

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