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Everything's Relative

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Villainous in Gladiator, nominee Joaquin Phoenix played the good son by inviting his mother, Heart.

Goldie Hawn (with—who else?—Kurt Russell) shone as a presenter but said of daughter Kate Hudson, “It’s her turn now.”

“To lose to Bob Dylan was no disgrace,” said Best Song contender Sting, who brought his best supporters (from left), son Jake, 15, wife Trudie Styler and daughter Coco, 10.

“I feel I am finally at peace,” said Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director Ang Lee, whose wife Jane and sons Haan (back) and Mason shared in his Best Foreign Language Film win.

He didn’t sink his fangs into an Oscar, but Shadow of the Vampire‘s Willem Dafoe did draw blood to the show: his son Jack.

Javier Bardem (third from left), a Best Actor contender for Before Night Falls, lost to Russell Crowe but won for biggest cheering section thanks to (from left) niece Irene Rubio, girlfriend Christina Pales, mother Pilar Bardem, sister Concha Gomez and brother Carlos Encinas.