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Wednesday , March 5 , 2014
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161 years a mistake and corrected now

New York, March 4: The Academy Awards have not just corrected an 85-year-old wrong when it picked 12 Years a Slave as the best picture — the first to be made by a black director and win the top honour. The choice also helped correct a 161-year-old mistake.

The New York Times today said errors committed in 1853 were pointed out by a tweeter yesterday. The Academy Awards were announced on Sunday night.

The newspaper said: “An article on Jan. 20, 1853, recounting the story of Solomon Northup, whose memoir ‘12 Years a Slave’ became a movie 160 years later that won the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, misspelled his surname as Northrop. And the headline misspelled it as Northrup.

“The errors came to light on Monday after a Twitter user pointed out the article in The Times archives. (The errors notwithstanding, The Times described the article as ‘a more complete and authentic record than has yet appeared’).”

$1000 tip

Word also emerged that Ellen DeGeneres gave a $1,000 tip to the man who delivered the pizzas at the Oscar ceremony.

Deliveryman Edgar Martirosyan and DeGeneres had delivered pizzas to actors like Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep.

“I passed the hat around and I ended up getting around $600 or something like that,” DeGeneres said on her talk show. “Here is some more... here is $1,000,” she told Martirosyan.