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WHY THE BUZZ

A fan of Marilyn Monroe since childhood, Williams, 31, nabbed an Oscar nod for morphing into the ultimate bombshell-even if she can still barely believe it. "Every time someone says something kind," she says, "I think, 'Maybe we pulled it off!'"

HOW SHE NAILED THE ROLE

She studied Monroe for months to perfect her every move-including her "figure eight in a vat of honey" wiggle. "It kept me up at night. I just wanted to get it right."

BEST RED CARPET ADVICE

"A friend told me to think of it all as love. Even if it makes me nervous, it's just love the world is sending my way."

SHE'S STARSTRUCK BY ...

Bridesmaids' Melissa McCarthy. "Her performance blew me away. I couldn't even laugh because I didn't want to miss anything."