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NO TRAIN WRECK HERE
Cameron Diaz is anything but a drag on the red carpet. The actress, who had to stop to have her train adjusted, said she was eager to cheer on her nominated friends, including her Shrek costar Eddie Murphy.
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Nicole Kidman and best friend Naomi Watts – who is reportedly pregnant – make a jointly bright statement on the red carpet.
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FLIRTING WITH THE CAMERA
Jennifer Lopez plays chase with a lensman while showing off her Marchesa gown.
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Beyoncé and presenter Gwyneth Paltrow share a little girl talk before heading into the Kodak Theatre.
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What happens when the Devil meets Little Miss Sunshine? A golden moment, of course! Best Actress nominee Meryl Streep meets and greets Best Supporting Actress nominee Abigail Breslin.
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DOING THE WAVE
Best Actor nominee Forest Whitaker keeps wife Keisha close at hand. Later, while accepting his trophy, The Last King of Scotland, star luckily did not forget to thank her again.
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THE REAL THING
Nominee Sacha Baron Cohen leaves Borat at home to escort fiancée Isla Fisher down the carpet and be her knight in shining armor: He had to help her fix a wardrobe malfunction – a broken bracelet clasp.
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TWO DATES FOR ONE GUY
Best Actor nominee Ryan Gosling gets some support from two important women in his life – his mother Donna and sister Mandi. Where was girlfriend Rachel McAdams? Filming, the Half Nelson star told PEOPLE at the Independent Spirit Awards, where he took home best lead male actor.
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THE BRITISH ARE COMING!
The Queen star Helen Mirren flaunts her British pride – she is nominated for playing Queen Elizabeth II – while reigning on the red carpet. Mirren later won and thanked the monarch in her speech.
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LOOK OF LOVE
Peter Sarsgaard gives fiancée Maggie Gyllenhaal a supportive squeeze as the pair make their way down the red carpet.
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PIECE OF HER HEART
Melissa Etheridge arrives with her partner Tammy Lynn Michaels. The singer, who later won an Oscar for her song "I Need to Wake Up," from An Inconvenient Truth, told Ryan Seacrest her secret to keeping that smile: being a parent again.
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Best Actor nominee Will Smith shares some quality red-carpet time with his son Jaden, 8, who costarred with him in The Pursuit of Happyness, and wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
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It's a red carpet reunion! Gael Garcia Bernal scopes out the sights as he reteams with Y Tu Mama Tambien costar and pal Diego Luna. Bernal stars in the best picture nominee Babel.
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Best Supporting Actress winner Jennifer Hudson sparkles (and shines) as she makes her way down the red carpet.
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Blood Diamond costars Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou, both up for awards, make a supportive duo on and off the red carpet – they were spotted hitting the late-night pre-Oscar parties together.
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Jodie Foster gets into the swing of things as she makes her way into the Kodak Theatre. The actress, who is presenting an award, told E!'s Ryan Seacrest that presenting is "much more fun ... Then you can skip out and get a pizza."
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