by Marc Malkin | Mon., Feb. 29, 2016 5:00 AM
Leonardo DiCaprio received the standing ovation he certainly deserved. Lady Gaga moved us to tears with her powerful performance of "Til It Happens to You." And Mark Rylance was the big upset by beating out Sylvester Stallone for Best Supporting Actor.
All that and more happened last night at the 2016 Oscars.
But what was going on when the cameras weren't rolling? Here, I give you six things you didn't see on TV…
1. Early Birds: The first celebs inside the Dolby Theatre include Whoopi Goldberg, Pharrell, Benicio Del Toro, Tina Fey, Daisy Ridley and Julianne Moore. Room star Jacob Tremblay goes over to say hello to his co-presenter Abraham Attah, Del Toro and Reese Witherspoon kiss hello and Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender rush to their seats just minutes before the show begins.
2. It's Showtime: Radio personality Ellen K announces that everyone has about five minutes to get to their seats. If not, "you will not be seated until after the first commercial break in about 20 minutes," she warns the crowd. Saoirse Ronan doesn't make it in time and stands at an entrance way to listen to Chris Rock's opening monologue. (Audio from the show is also piped into all the bathrooms!)
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3. Keep It Brief: Nominees are told they'll have just 45 seconds for their acceptance speeches. A video rolls on the screen on the stage reminding everyone what else they can do in 45 seconds, like "Scratch your dog's belly," "Drink a cold beer" and "Call your parents," as well as "Pay your bookie" or "Eat a bagel." During one commercial break, Ellen K announces, "We want you to know that the 'thank you' scrolls are getting huge support on social media."
4. Catching Up: Naomi Watts chats with Mark Ruffalo outside the VIP bar on the lobby of the first floor before the Spotlight actor introduces himself to Gena Rowlands. Nearby, Mad Max director George Miller holds his wife's clutch while she goes to the restroom and Michael Keaton congratulates Rylance on his win as Christian Bale orders drinks for him and his wife, Sibi.
5. Stage Hands: As the gold confetti still rains down on the stage after the show ends, The Revenant cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki asks Larson if she can take his picture with DiCaprio and their director Alejandro González Iñárritu before Kate Winslet pops up onto the stage and throws her arms around her Titanic co-star.
6. Having a Ball: When someone accidentally steps on Olivia Munn's Stella McCartney gown as she walks into the Wolfgang Puck-catered Governor's Ball, the Newsroom star says, "Don't worry. It's my fault. It's my train." DiCaprio walks in and immediately makes a beeline to The Revenant producer Arnold Milchan. Steven Spielberg, who is sitting at the table with his wife Kate Capshaw, stands up and starts taking photos of the two. In the statuette inscription room, Larson's boyfriend Alex Greenwald shoots video as she sees her inscribed plate for the first time on his iPhone. They toast with some champagne. Alicia Vikander thanks executives from Focus Features—the studio behind The Danish Girl—just outside the ball before taking some photos with them. DiCaprio hangs for a bit with Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer before the newly-minted Oscar winner heads to his car.
Watch E!'s live 2016 Oscars red carpet coverage starting at 1:30p.m. ET/10:30a.m. PT on Sunday, February 28th
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