James Franco: Behind the Scenes at the Oscars!

The Academy Awards co-host takes you backstage at the ceremony with Oprah Winfrey, Billy Crystal and more

01 of 07

VIEW FROM THE TOP

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gives us a peek at what it takes to look this good while “getting ready” for his double duty as host and Best Actor nominee of the 83rd Academy Awards.

02 of 07

CROWD PLEASER

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Out of the makeup chair and into the Kodak Theatre! Franco Tweets this real-time shot of himself “from the stage,” where he shared hosting duties with during Sunday’s telecast.

03 of 07

STAGE HANDS

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After passing on Billy Crystal’s hosting tips, Franco and co-host (in Oscar de la Renta, one of seven Oscar looks she wore) get a rare photo op with eight-time Academy Awards host backstage.

04 of 07

GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES

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Hosting the Oscars is literally a drag for Franco, who gamely gets prepped for his Marilyn Monroe moment backstage. “The weird part is I just got a text message from Charlie Sheen,” he later quipped during his cross-dressing reveal on stage.

05 of 07

O-RIGHTA!

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Back in his tux, Franco revels in his big O moment, capturing a snapshot with Best Documentary presenter .

06 of 07

AND THE NOMINEES ARE

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Taking a quick break from his hosting duties, Franco basks backstage in Best Actor presenter praise, as she highlights his work in 127 Hours before ultimately handing the Oscar to The King’s Speech star .

07 of 07

SIP, SIP, HOORAY!

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With his Oscar hosting duties complete, the multitasking star fuels up for, yes, more work while signing off from the Kodak Theatre. “Goodbye, L.A.,” scrawls on his Twitter photo, before adding, “It was fun! Have to get back to class.”

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