1 of 12
REMAINS OF THE DAY
Sacha Baron Cohen, in full Dictator costume, proudly displays an urn carrying the faux remains of late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il on the Academy Awards red carpet – just moments before dumping the ashes on E! host .
2 of 12
Best Supporting Actress nominee Jessica Chastain (in Alexander McQueen) shares a major fashion moment with Milla Jovovich (in Elie Saab) before the big show.
3 of 12
ASHES TO ASHES
(in Carolina Herrera) pays respects to The Dictator’s ashes, which Sacha Baron Cohen spilled on tuxedo during an Oscars red carpet interview.
4 of 12
(in Tom Ford) catches up with her godfather, director Steven Spielberg, before heading into the 84th Academy Awards, where the filmmaker’s drama War Horse was nominated for Best Picture.
5 of 12
THE HONOR IS MINE
Best Actress nominee (in coral Louis Vuitton) soaks up the love from fans on the Oscars red carpet, held at the Hollywood & Highland Center.
6 of 12
Further down the carpet, links up with bestie Busy Philipps, who has been the Best Actress nominee’s awards show steady throughout the red carpet season.
7 of 12
GREAT LEAP FORWARD
Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie takes flight at the Academy Awards, where the singer-songwriter won Best Original Song for The Muppets’s “Man or Muppets.”
8 of 12
He signed on for this! Best Actor nominee – and fan favorite – hangs out with some pen pals outside the Hollywood & Highland Center.
9 of 12
OH, HAPPY DAY!
The Artist’s Missi Pyle has a major OMG moment at the Academy Awards, where her silent film won the Best Picture Oscar.
10 of 12
The Descendants star Matthew Lillard shows his seams on the Oscars red carpet, where his Hawaii-based drama is up for a Best Picture Academy Award.
11 of 12
BEHIND THE LENS
Meanwhile, Lillard’s costar, The Descendants’s Robert Forster, captures the best shot as he walks the red carpet.
12 of 12
The Artist’s leading man, Jean Dujardin, sits pretty with his real-life leading lady, wife of nearly three years Alexandra Lamy, before stepping foot onto the Academy Awards red carpet. Hours later, he would walk out with a Best Actor Oscar.