Tip for the Oscars Pizza Delivery Guy? $1K
He appears on Ellen DeGeneres' show to talk about the experience
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2014 9:52 AM CST
Updated Mar 4, 2014 10:57 AM CST
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(Newser) – The guy who delivered pizzas to the Oscars appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show yesterday, and the Academy Awards host gave him a $1,000 tip. Edgar Martirosyan, who owns Big Mama's & Papa's Pizzeria with his brother, said he thought the pizza order was for the writers backstage, and he was "shocked" when DeGeneres showed up and led him to the audience. (He was particularly excited that he got to serve pizza to Julia Roberts, whom he described as his "woman in dreams.") DeGeneres had passed around Pharrell Williams' hat at the ceremony and collected $600 in tips from the stars, according to the Hollywood Reporter; to that, she added another $400 and gave it all to Martirosyan.

Oscar winner Jared Leto was also a guest on yesterday's Ellen, and he told DeGeneres that when Harrison Ford was eating his pizza, some of it fell on his (presumably very expensive) shirt. "I knew he would have the munchies," DeGeneres joked. "I knew for sure Harrison would." Also discussed on yesterday's show: The epic Oscars selfie that briefly broke Twitter. Winner Lupita Nyong'o, another guest, talked about her brother, a college freshman who managed to get in on the picture and has since become somewhat famous: "He just saw that opportunity and he’s like, 'I’m getting in. It’s my only chance.'" (Liza Minnelli, however, tried and failed to get in the picture—see the evidence here.) DeGeneres said that Samsung, the maker of the phone with which she took the picture, is donating a dollar to charity for every one of the roughly 3 million retweets.

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Mar 5, 2014 12:16 PM CST
Approximately 250 people attended the Oscars. They pass a hat around all these very, very wealthy people and collect $600. Wow! About $2.40 each from the Millionaires and some Billionaires!! At least Ellen showed some "real" good will with her $400 contribution.
Mar 5, 2014 7:07 AM CST
It would have been far more impressive had it been an employee, rather than the owner, received such a tip. All this did was make the rich even richer. Typical mindset.
Mar 4, 2014 7:34 PM CST
The Oscars was the reason that ' Oscar Pistorius' trial didn't start until Monday . Nobody wanted a TV conflict between the two shows >