Yes, Ellen DeGeneres did actually order pizza to the Academy Awards Sunday night — from an actual pizza place, delivered by an actual delivery man.
DeGeneres joked early in the show that she’d like to order pizza for the elaborately outfitted stars. About halfway through the show, she surprised attendees — and made good on her joke! — by bringing a bona fide pizza delivery guy up on stage.
“Guess what?” she said. “Pizza’s here!”
The pizza came from L.A.-based chain Big Mama’s & Papa’s Pizza, which told ABC it regularly caters for the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.” This was, needless to say, a much bigger stage for the chain: Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence were among the celebrities who accepted slices from the yet anonymous, baseball-capped deliveryman, who passed around greasy boxes with aplomb.
The delivery order included several 16-inch cheese and gluten-free pies, which, per the chain’s Web site, cost between $12.99 and $16.99 each. (You get what you pay for, apparently — the Hollywood location has only 3.5 stars on Yelp, with one reviewer ruling the restaurant “OK. Not great … You could do worse.”)
One major question looms, however: Who the heck was the pizza delivery guy? And how much tip money did Ellen collect for him in Pharrell’s Arby’s hat? TMZ followed the guy back to Big Mama’s Hollywood location, where he immediately got back to work and declined to answer questions. Meanwhile, it doesn’t appear the guy has posted publicly to Twitter or Facebook, and multiple requests for his identity have gone unanswered on Reddit.
In either case, it seems like he probably did okay on tips. DeGeneres collected a rumored $300 from Miramax executive Harvey Weinstein, Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kevin Spacey and John Travolta. Lupita Nyong’o contributed a lip balm … which DeGeneres apparently kept for herself.
Big Mama’s and Papa’s is now lobbying to become the “official pizza of the Academy Awards,” though such a thing does not currently exist. They’ve promised free pizzas to fans on Twitter and Facebook who help make it happen — so you, too, can enjoy the same greasy, gluten-free slices that Kerry Washington gobbled backstage.