04/07/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT
SUSAN SARANDON, 1996
"THE YEAR I WON [FOR DEAD Man Walking], my earrings fell apart in the limo on the way there. They just disintegrated off my ears. People offered me jewelry, but I went without. The funny thing was that then people kept printing how great and bold it was that I wasn't wearing any jewelry."
HEATHER GRAHAM, 2000
"I WORE A VERSACE WITH
all these pearls on it—it looked like a pearl necklace and was kind of cool. But it had a train that people kept stepping on. It was not a long one, but long enough that I had to tell people behind me to stand back."
GOLDIE HAWN, 1987
"MY DAUGHTER KATIE
attached the halter button, but it didn't attach too well. She said, 'Mom, that looks great!' I got out of the car, I waved, and the halter popped and my dress fell down to my waist. I covered myself pretty quickly."
"WELL, I HAVE HUGE FEET,
size 10½. My shoes are always too tight. I can never find shoes to fit me. The last time I was at the Oscars, my feet were killing me. But it's always great to be at the Oscars, so I tell myself that I'm lucky to be there."
JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT, 2002
"I REMEMBER SITTING AT
the table at Elton John's Oscar party and one of my diamond earrings borrowed from Van Cleef & Arpels started to fall off. They sent a guy to come to the table with a little box of tools to fix it! I was like, 'I'm so in Hollywood and I love it!' "
SHARON STONE, 1996
"THE YEAR I WORE THE
Gap T-shirt, I was leaving the house and stopped to put a pin in my hair. When I lifted my arm, my mom said, 'You can't wear that! You've got a huge hole in that shirt.' Sure enough, there was a huge tear in the armpit. I had to stop and sew it up."
LAURA LINNEY, 2001
"THE YEAR I WAS
nominated [for You Can Count on Me], the train of my dress was a huge problem. People were always stepping on it, and you snap back because you're caught. The big fear is falling flat on your face."
"THE CHARTREUSE GOWN
[a Christian Dior] was very hard to wear. We had to sit in the car for two hours because of traffic and I was trying not to get it crushed. You have to sit in a very odd position so as not to crush your dress."
ANGELA BASSETT, 1997
ball gowns [like this Escada] always make going to the ladies' room a real challenge! There's really not a solution for it, so you pretty much have to quit the liquids around noon."
MENA SUVARI, 2000
"THE ESCADA DRESS I WORE
[the year American Beauty was nominated] was so heavy, it weighed more than me. The good thing was that I didn't have to worry about it getting crushed. But I liked it because it was Art Deco."
MEN GRIN AND BEAR IT TOO
HALEY JOEL OSMENT, 2000
"I WAS 11 WHEN I WENT
to the Oscars for The Sixth Sense
, and a question I would get on the red carpet a lot is what type of designer suit I was wearing. I would have to look inside my jacket and be like, 'It's a rental!' "
RON HOWARD, 2002
"AS I WAS WALKING IN,
I lost a couple of buttons on my vest. I thought, 'This is the Oscars. They must have a costumer.' But I couldn't find one. Finally my wife, Cheryl, found someone in the ladies' room who was doing repairs."
WILLIAM H. MACY, 1997
"YOU HAVE TO BREAK YOUR
shoes in before the big day. Otherwise you'll end up with blisters and other aches and pains. It is a long night of standing and dancing and celebrating. I learned that lesson the hard way."
I WON'T GO TO THE OSCARS WITHOUT MY...
...date, because I have a hot one
...mints and Kiehl's lip balm
—MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN
...pictures of my kids for good luck
...glasses. I can't see very well far away
... most fabulous pair of shoes I can find
—MARCIA GAY HARDEN
...pack of Rolaids
...cell phone, so I have someone to talk to