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Classic stars dissed? Kim Novak and Liza Minnelli's unusual Oscar night

Kim Novak presented animated awards with Matthew McConaughey
Kim Novak presented animated awards with Matthew McConaughey
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Some pre-Oscars buzz ended up being inaccurate this year: Some classic stars were invited to the show but they didn't have a very big part in it.

Judy Garland's children at the 2014 Oscars
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Judy Garland's children -- Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft -- gathered to honor their mother at this year's ceremony. Based on press releases, a big deal was made out of the fact that they're rarely in the same place. But if you were expecting Lorna and Liza to belt out "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," during a "Wizard of Oz" tribute, that honor went to singer Pink instead.

Liza and her half-siblings were seated in the audience and Liza posed for a selfie with Ellen Degenere even after Degeneres joked that Liza was a male Minnelli impersonator. Liza also got to hug Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong'o on her way to the stage.

But Garland's children were never invited on stage. Nor was another classic star, Angela Lansbury, who was given an Honorary Oscar, along with Angelina Jolie and Steve Martin, at a separate, earlier ceremony. Since the Academy chose to hand out the Honorary Oscars early, sometimes they've had the recipients also appear at the main event, but not this year.

We did see classic star Kim Novak, who, it had been reported before the show, was going to receive a tribute this year. The "tribute" was just that she was a presenter, albeit a confused one, who introduced the animated awards with Matthew McConaughey. The internet hasn't been kind about the appearance of the now 81-year-old "Vertigo" star.

Another living legend, Sidney Poitier, who presented Best Director (with Angelina Jolie) and it was nice to see him onstage. Poitier, who just turned 87 on February 20, won a Best Actor Oscar in 1963 and received an Honorary Oscar in 2001.