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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.
PARTY TIME FOR PREGNANT KIM KARDASHIAN
Kim Kardashian didn't just step out at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar after-party in West Hollywood dressed to impress. She rocked her pregnancy bump like a glam accessory.
The reality TV starlet wore a white, cleavage-baring Donna Karan dress that showed off every curve without self-consciousness.
Kardashian and her sister Khloe, both without their respective loves, Kanye West, and Lamar Odom, chatted up party guest Chris Brown, who was at the party without his girlfriend, Rihanna.
Kim Kardashian added she was also looking forward to catching the show by the night's featured performer, soulful Scottish singer Emeli Sande.
"I love her!" she exclaimed.
Asked how late she would stay up celebrating, given her pregnancy, Kardashian considered the question for a moment.
"I don't know, hmmm," she told The Associated Press.
Then she added, "I always end up going to bed early!"
-- Solvej Schou -- Twitter http://www.twitter.com/Solvej_Schou
QUICKQUOTE: ANG LEE
"I think sometimes this disadvantage can be an advantage. The fact that I come from another culture makes me special."-- Ang Lee, encouraging Asian and other non-American filmmakers to take on Hollywood after he won the directing Oscar for "Life of Pi."
-- Hannah Dreier -- Twitter http://twitter.com/hannahdreier
CARVING IT UP AT OSCAR AFTER-PARTY
The first stop on the party circuit for Oscar night winners is almost always the Governor's Ball.
Oh sure, the fancy food Wolfgang Puck lays out there is part of the attraction. But it's also the place to go to get your name engraved on your new toy.
"You trading that in?", lead actress winner Jennifer Lawrence asked Ben Affleck when she saw him show up with his best picture statuette.
"What can I get for this award?", Affleck joked.
Anne Hathaway arrived with her Oscar in one hand and a glass of champagne in the other.
She covered her mouth in awe when the engraver showed her the nameplate, then helped attach it to her trophy's base. Her husband, Adam Shulman, recorded the moment for posterity on his iPhone.
After spending a moment checking out his Oscar, Affleck stood up to a round of applause from those in the room.
"Thank you! I love it," he said.
-- Sandy Cohen -- www.twitter.com/apsandy
OSCAR IS TRIP FOR LAWRENCE
Jennifer Lawrence's performance in "Silver Linings Playbook" was flawless enough to capture the best actress Oscar. She wasn't so adroit in claiming the trophy.
Lawrence stumbled as she took the steps to the Oscar stage, falling to her knees in her flowing Dior gown. That drew a sympathetic ovation from the auditorium.
She remained endearingly flustered during her acceptance speech, thanking her family, those who worked with her on the film and wishing a "Happy Birthday" to a fellow nominee, Emmanuelle Riva of "Amour," who turned 86.
"Look at this dress. I tried to walk up stairs in this dress," Lawrence said of her white, floor-length gown. "I think I stepped on the fabric and they wax the stairs."
Lawrence said she thought of a "bad word" to say when she tumbled but kept it to herself.
She had already been bleeped by ABC when she let loose with a four-letter word while joking with Kristin Chenoweth on the red carpet.
Asked how she got ready for the day, Lawrence said it was "chaotic" from the start, with her family taking over the house to prepare for the big evening.
After fumbling for a more descriptive answer, she apologized: "I'm sorry. I did a shot."
-- Lynn Elber -- Twitter http://twitter.com/lynnelber
QUICKQUOTE: BEN AFFLECK
"I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It's good, it is work, but it's the best kind of work. There's no one I'd rather work with." -- Ben Affleck, thanking his wife, Jennifer Garner, as he accepted the best picture Oscar for "Argo."
-- Christina Hoag.
ACTING GODS, TOGETHER
For a moment, it looked the Oscar stage had turned into the Mount Olympus of acting.
There stood the two reigning gods of the art, the man and the woman generally considered to be at the very top in the field today: Daniel Day-Lewis and Meryl Streep.
Though he's not known for comedy, Day-Lewis got a big laugh when he turned to Streep, who had just presented him his third best-actor trophy, and said he'd actually originally been slated to play Margaret Thatcher, the role Streep won the Oscar for last year in "The Iron Lady."
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