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Bret McKenzie, flanked by presenters Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, after being awarded the Oscar for Original Song for “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets (2011). McKenzie, half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, gave a shout out to Kermit the Frog during his acceptance speech. “He’s just a normal frog,” McKenzie said about the subject of the winning tune. “And like many stars here, he’s a lot shorter in real life.”

Damien Chazelle, after being awarded the Oscar for Directing "La La Land". Shortly before the ceremony, Chazelle told Esquire that simply making the film seemed like a huge victory. "Once cameras started rolling, I remember there was a kind of giddiness of just being able to even finally make this," he said. "Because for a while, it seemed like a far-fetched proposition and so we always wondered if it would always remain a thing in our heads. When it all came together the way that it did and we were able to actually start shooting it—you know, in L.A., with the cast that we got—I think all of us felt like we'd already got this insane victory that none of us saw coming. I think that kind of joy permeated through the whole shoot. It was a wonderful and almost kind of cathartic experience, just finally putting these images onscreen that had been in our heads for so long."

Feathered fact: The original hawk that played Mordecai in the "Royal Tenenbaums" (2001) was not only kidnapped, but held for ransom. Director Wes Anderson decided to use a second hawk. The new bird looked differently and it was addressed in the Oscar-nominated script thusly:

Richie: See now he has more white feathers on his neck.
Margot: I wonder what happened to him.
Richie: I don’t know. Sometimes if a person has a traumatic experience their hair turns white.
Margot: Well, I’m sure he’ll get over it.

Presenter Dwayne Johnson arrives with Lauren Hashian on the red carpet of the 89th Oscars

Caitrin Rogers, producer of "20 Feet from Stardom”, in 2014 a few weeks before the film won the Oscar for Documentary Feature.

"Lion" star Sunny Pawar meets one of the 2017 Governors Award recipients, Jackie Chan. The action star was born in Hong Kong in 1954 to parents so poor they had to borrow money to pay the doctor for his delivery. At the age of 7, Jackie was enrolled in the China Drama Academy where he spent the next 10 years training in the art of Peking Opera. It was there that Jackie learned the acrobatics, martial arts, acting, and singing that would later help him to become an international superstar.
Upon receiving his honorary Oscar last November, Chan said, "after 56 years in the film industry, making over 200 films, I’ve broken so many bones. Finally this is mine."

If you were to screen a double feature of films that were perfect for the first day of Spring, which two would you choose?

Wesley Snipes (left center), Samuel Jackson (right center), Denzel Washington (right) present the Oscar to Honorary Award recipient Spike Lee at the 2015 Governors Awards.

Bollywood and "Quantico" star Priyanka Chopra on the Oscars red carpet last month

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban last month felt the good vibes upon returning to the Oscars red carpet

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