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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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QUICKQUOTE: CHRISTOPH WALTZ

“Quentin writes poetry and I like poetry.” _ Supporting actor winner Christoph Waltz of “Django Unchained” about working with writer-director Quentin Tarantino.

_ 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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