Oscars 2014: Pizza delivery man is handed $1,000 tip


Edgar Martirosyan with Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars

A pizza delivery man who gave out food at the Oscars has been given a $1,000 (£600) tip.

The ceremony's host Ellen DeGeneres helped pass around boxes with stars including Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence reaching for a slice.

Edgar Martirosyan, co-owner of Big Mama's & Papa's pizzeria, appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show.

The interview ended with him being given a tip that had been collected in the audience.

Brad Pitt and Chiwetel Ejiofor sharing pizza
Image caption Brad Pitt and Chiwetel Ejiofor share pizza during the ceremony

Martirosyan said he was told he would deliver food for celebrity riders.

Speaking to DeGeneres he added: "They told me just wait here and you came out.

"You said, 'I'm going to let you know when to follow me' and then I was like, 'Where we are going?'

"You said 'Just follow me' and I'm going and then I'm on a stage.

"I was shocked. It was really crazy."

The delivery man said that he was most excited to give food to Julia Roberts.

Edgar Martirosyan hands out pizza at the ceremony
Image caption Edgar Martirosyan hands out pizza at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre

The Oscars saw 12 Years a Slave named best film with Gravity picking up seven awards.

During the ceremony DeGeneres collected a tip for the delivery man in a hat like the one Pharrell Williams wore to the Grammys.

She gave him $600 (£360) which was collected from the audience before pulling out $400 (£240) from her pocket to bring the total to $1,000 (£600).

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