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WHAT'S MY LINE
Before flashing the thigh seen ‘round the world, preps for her presentation, studying her lines backstage at the Hollywood & Highland Center.
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Did Sacha Baron Cohen just threaten to throw some ashes her way? The Help star throws some serious shade while making her way backstage.
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As the clock counts down to the start of the Academy Awards, helps pal get camera-ready, wiping something – a lipstick mark from girlfriend Stacy Keibler, perhaps? – off his cheek.
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MAKING THE POINT
Best Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spencer poses with Christian Bale – last year’s Best Supporting Actor winner, who presented The Help star with her award – backstage in the Oscar press room. During Spencer’s emotional acceptance speech, she tearfully thanked the state of Alabama and her family before admitting, “I’m sorry, I’m freaking out.”
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LOOK MA, NO HANDS!
Is he man, Muppet … or magician? Bret McKenzie shows that his Oscar for Best Song is light as a feather, stiff as a board, in the press room. The “Man or Muppet” songwriter, who is a part of the comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, had the audience laughing when he joked during his acceptance speech, “I was genuinely star-struck when I met Kermit the Frog, but once you get to know him, he’s just a normal frog and, like many stars here tonight, he’s a lot shorter in real life.”
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HER MAIN MAN
There’s a lot of love between The Iron Lady star Meryl Streep and Oscar! Although it was her 17th nomination, Sunday’s Best Actress Award was Streep’s first win since 1982’s Sophie’s Choice. During her speech, the actress made a point of thanking her husband Don Gummer, tearfully saying, “Everything I value most in our lives, you’ve given me.”
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MEET AND GREET
and – who were some of the last to arrive – make their way to their front-row seats before the ceremony, where they greeted well-wishers like Meryl Streep, Bérénice Bejo and Octavia Spencer.
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A SERIOUS MOMENT
A cape-clad has a solemn chat with on the red carpet. It wasn’t Paltrow’s only fangirl moment of the night: The actress later snapped a photo with Steve Martin and Martin Short, Tweeting, “Dude. Seriously. I love my life.”