A peek at off-camera happenings at the Academy Awards

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By SANDY COHEN, AP

LOS ANGELES – While the whole of Oscar night was eclipsed by the unprecedented best-picture flub at the show’s conclusion, the Academy Awards is a starry celebration onscreen and off. For every memorable moment during the telecast, countless others occur away from the camera’s eye in the wings of the Dolby Theatre stage.

BEST SHOW EVER

Jimmy Kimmel’s team of writers and producers did the same “Best show ever!” chant before the Oscars that they do before each taping of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

After the show, amid the confusion over the best-picture mix-up, writer-comedian Adam Carolla proposed a toast to the host outside his Dolby Theatre dressing room.

“How impressed are we with Jimmy?” Carolla said. “We’ll never forget this Oscars. Remember when he hosted that one where they screwed up the envelope?”

Kimmel paid tribute to his expectant wife, Molly McNearney, and to all the writers on his team, saying that he felt a responsibility to deliver their material well because “you know what jokes you wrote, and your family knows what jokes you wrote.”

The comic added that though he’s cracked about the Oscar-hosting gig, “I secretly really did want to be asked.”

As far as the final award gaffe, Kimmel said, “I still don’t know what happened.”

Then his team sent him off with a concluding chant of “Best show ever!” and Kimmel and his wife headed to the Governors Ball.

CUTEST COUPLES: John Legend and Chrissy Teigen were mutually doting at Sunday’s ceremony.

Before the show began, Legend told his wife, “You look so pretty,” before tucking a lock of hair behind her ear.

Once the show began, Teigen noticed that Ryan Gosling was walking behind her and Legend toward the green room.

“Your best friend’s behind you,” Teigen told her husband.

“John drops your name every time,” she said to Gosling, who blushed but blew it off.

Legend insisted that he had to change clothes to perform his “La La Land” medley, but Teigen convinced him to get a cocktail first.

“Let’s get a drink, then change and go pee,” she offered, and Legend followed her to the green room.

Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann are also in the running for cutest Oscar couple. Apatow accompanied his wife backstage as she prepared for her Oscar moment: introducing the film academy’s scientific and technical winners. Apatow handed her a bottle of water with straw in it and kissed her cheek before she took the stage. Then he documented her big moment, capturing cellphone footage while she was onstage.

When she finished her lines and returned backstage, Apatow told her, “That was great!”