Huffman still hadn't decided which designer she'll wear to the Academy Awards. "I do realize how hopelessly behind I am," she told us. "I have to get it together and look at ready-made gowns, I guess."
Here's how other nominees are ramping up for the big night:
Jake Gyllenhaal, up for Best Supporting Actor for Brokeback Mountain, chowed down with two male friends at the Venice, Calif., eatery Axe. Outside, loyal pup Atticus waited patiently.
Meanwhile, Joaquin Phoenix – whose portrayal of Johnny Cash in Walk the Line earned him a Best Actor nod – has been tasting the nightlife in New York City, where he's filming the drama We Own the Night with Mark Wahlberg and Eva Mendes. He hit hot spots Home – where he stuck to drinking bottled water – and P.M., and also hung out with costar Mendes at La Esquina and Butter. But don't get the wrong idea. "There's nothing going on with them" romantically, says a source. "Nothing at all." As for the Oscars, Phoenix is keeping a cool head about his chances. "He has said, 'Whatever happens, happens.' "
By BRYAN ALEXANDER, MARLA LEHNER, ELIZABETH LEONARD, CYNTHIA WANG, KC BAKER and MARK DAGOSTINO