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Cumberbatch: Oscars are pandemonium

Benedict Cumberbatch found it hard to get his words out at last night's Oscars, because of the "crazy", "party pandemonium" atmosphere.

The British star, who is fast becoming one of the hottest names in Hollywood, couldn't hide his glee at being part of the prestigious annual event.

And he wasn't just soaking in the atmosphere but celebrating too, when his movie 12 Years a Slave scooped the prize for best picture.

Talking on the red carpet, Benedict was explaining the film's plot in depth when he got distracted by Hollywood's stars walking the red carpet.

"It's an extraordinary story, it's something that's universal in the sense that it's about a man and his love and his courage and his grace to try and get home to his family which is the truly heartbreaking aspect of the film.

"And then when he apologises to his family after everything he's endured for not being there as their... hierarchy... their male leader. And yet..." Benedict trailed off mid sentence when speaking to ITN News.

"I'm wondering who's arrived, that's a hell of a sound, I want to turn round now. This is what this is like, this place is crazy you can't concentrate on a single sentence it's just nonstop party pandemonium!"

Although thrilled to be there, 37-year-old Benedict got up to some mischievous antics during the night's proceedings.

He drew giggles from the crowds when he photo-bombed a U2 picture, jumping up high in the air behind Bono and his bandmates.

The Sherlock star was better behaved when he took to the stage to present the award for best production design alongside Jennifer Garner, which went to The Great Gatsby.

"I'm thrilled to be invited to this party, and to present tonight. To present an award is a massive honour," Benedict revealed.

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