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RED CARPET SWEETHEARTS
"I feel like a young Audrey Hepburn," Vanessa Hudgens said of her black Marchesa gown, which coordinated with boyfriend Zac Efron's sleek black tuxedo outside L.A.'s Kodak Theatre.
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Angelina Jolie (up for Best Actress for Changeling) and Brad Pitt (nominated for Best Actor for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) show off their red-carpet prowess as the night's hottest couple.
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GIVE IT A WHIRL
A Best Supporting Actress nominee for Doubt, Amy Adams turned it out on the red carpet in her sleek Carolina Herrera gown.
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Pucker up! Sophia Loren gets ready to plant one on Doubt star Meryl Streep, who was celebrating her record 15th Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actress.
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Sarah Jessica Parker – who described her Dior Haute Couture gown as "barely mint" – beams alongside husband Matthew Broderick.
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Miley Cyrus, who joked that she was on hand for some "star-stalking," makes her entrance – with Oscar just behind her.
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HEAD TO HEAD
Diane Lane (in Dolce amp Gabbana) and Best Supporting Actor nominee Josh Brolin (for Milk) stay connected and coordinated as they head into the ceremony.
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A far cry from his '70s attire in Best Picture-nominated Milk, Emile Hirsch suits up in a sleek tuxedo as he works the red carpet.
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Best Supporting Actress nominees Viola Davis (for Doubt) and Taraji P. Henson (for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) show there's no hard feelings as the two share smiles before the show.
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SIGN OF APPROVAL
A slimmed-down Seth Rogen (he's lost weight for his upcoming superhero role in The Green Hornet) gives the crowded red carpet outside the Kodak Theatre a thumbs-up.
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The stars of the Best Picture-nominated Slumdog Millionaire, Freida Pinto and Dev Patel, make a cute couple ... even if only onscreen!
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Arguably the youngest attendees at the Academy Awards, the children of Slumdog Millionaire, (clockwise from top left) Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala, Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar, Tanay Chheda, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Rubiana Ali, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail) smile sweetly for the cameras.
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Penélope Cruz – who went on to win Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona – and Kate Winslet shine in the spotlight on the red carpet.