Oscars 2003

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UPDATED 04/07/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/07/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

OVERHEARD

From the hallways, the parties and, ahem, even the bathrooms

"I'm not going to win, so I'm not nervous."—Nicole Kidman, entering the Kodak Theatre

"I'll get the other cheek later."—Colin Farrell, after slapping a friend's behind while rushing to his seat from the men's room

"It was kicking like crazy right before I sang!"—Catherine Zeta-Jones, in the ladies' room at the Miramax party, explaining how the baby she is due to deliver next month almost made a trio of her Oscar-show Chicago duet with Queen Latifah

"I didn't get to use my line, 'Is there a doctor in the house?' "—Queen Latifah, at the Governors Ball, expressing disappointment that Zeta-Jones did not go into labor during the duet

"The camera was on me, and I missed my one chance to say hi to my mom."—John C. Reilly, at the Kodak Theatre bar, lamenting a lost opportunity

"He spoke from the heart, spoke from the gut, spoke from the balls, man."—Colin Farrell, describing Adrien Brody's acceptance speech, as he headed off to the Vanity Fair party

"What time is it? I've got to get to Pink's [hot dog stand] to get me a Polish sausage!"—Singer Patti LaBelle, preparing to leave the Miramax party

THE OSCAR LOWDOWN

10 BIG NAMES
The number of Hollywood stars—from Julie Andrews to Ernest Borgnine—with whom Oscar host Steve Martin joked he'd had an affair.

10 BIG LOSSES
Possibly setting a new Oscar record for futility, Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York received 10 nominations—and zero wins.

TIME'S ON THEIR SIDE
It took 10 full minutes for the announcer to introduce 59 Academy Award winners gathered to celebrate the show's 75th birthday.

GET THE CAMCORDER!
279 films were eligible for Best Picture consideration.

1,000 MAINE LOBSTERS
The crustaceans were served at the Governors Ball, along with 60 gallons of sweet pea soup and other delights.

9 FAMILY MEMBERS
The number of guests brought by Nia Vardalos, Best Original Screenplay nominee.

10 YEARS
The age at which Tatum O'Neal won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1973, for Paper Moon. She attended this year's show.

93 YEARS
Current age of Luise Rainer, the oldest Best Actress Oscar winner at this year's ceremony.

THE RICH GET RICHER
Oscar reportedly rewarded its presenters with a goodie bag that included a $15,000 spa package, among other gifts.

INTO THE CLOSET

Some high-ticket precious items were banished to Oscars purgatory—the closet—after their designers decided that in these politically charged times, too much of a good thing might look very bad indeed.

PARTY-THON

One night only? Not the Oscars. Stars can subsist on canapés for days at the procession of swanky parties surrounding the main event. Friday featured Killer Films's bash at the Chateau Marmont, where George Clooney ("Girls were lining up to talk to him," says a guest) and Colin Farrell held court. Celebs and power players from Julianne Moore to Michael Eisner started off their Saturdays at Barry Diller's annual Oscar lunch, a fete at the mogul's Beverly Hills home. Then it was on to the inaugural Night Before benefit gala atop the Beverly Hills Hotel's covered pool, where casually dressed A-listers such as Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston helped raise nearly $2.5 million for the Motion Picture & Television Fund. After Sunday's traditional post-ceremony parties, scenesters such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Queen Latifah, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez continued well past Olivia de Havilland's bedtime at a post-post-party thrown by agents Patrick Whitesell and Rick Yorn and executive Mike DeLuca at a sprawling home in the Hollywood Hills. Last seen at 3 a.m.: Jared Leto, scoring waffles (catered by the Four Seasons) for himself and steady Cameron Diaz in the kitchen—and Adrien Brody just arriving.

THEY DOTH PROTEST

While stars' wrists sparkled in Harry Winston, police handed out some less glamorous cuffs. As more than 3,000 antiwar protesters (opposed by about 250 prowar adversaries) demonstrated a few blocks away from the Kodak Theatre with slogans like "Shoot movies, not Iraqis," the LAPD arrested about a dozen for various offenses. "In general, though, the rally was great," says protest organizer Art Goldberg. "Some people in limos waved to us as they went by."

HOLLYWOOD STAND-INS

Did you half-expect Best Original Screenplay winner Pedro Almodóvar to accept his statuette with an exuberant, Spanish-inflected "yabba dabba doo?" Here are a few Oscar-night resemblances that made us suspect an attack of the clones.

ROADSIDE ATTRACTION

Driven by their passion for the environment, some high-powered celebs shunned 15-mile-to-the-gallon stretch limos and instead drove to the Oscars in fuel-efficient hybrid cars, which get an eye-popping 52 miles on the same gallon. Among those bent on reducing their dependence on gas—if not chauffeurs—were Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart, Cameron Diaz, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, all of whom turned up in Toyota Prius gas-and-electric hybrids. Top conservation honors went to Tom Hanks, who squired himself and wife Rita Wilson to the ceremony in their Toyota Rav 4 electric car, thus saving on tips as well as gas.

Effects of the Shortened Red Carpet

WHO LOST

•500 bleacher fans denied cameo on E.T.
•Joan Rivers reduced to hurling insults from a hotel suite across the street.
•Barbara Walters scrapping her beloved show.

WHO GAINED

•PR types find no need to deal with press.
•A very pregnant Catherine Zeta-Jones is spared standing many hours more on high heels.

THE WINNER BY A NOSE?

How close was the Best Actress race? Nicole Kidman won for her portrayal—with prosthetic help—of Virginia Woolf in The Hours. Were the other nominees, perhaps, missing that little extra something?

Writers: Allison Adato, Greg Adkins, Galina Espinoza, Michelle Green, Susan Horsburgh, Jason Lynch, Dana Meltzer, Samantha Miller, Mike Neill, Karen Schneider, Jill Smolowe, Michelle Tauber, Alex Tresniowski, Ting Yu

Reported by: KC Baker, Rachel Biermann, Amy Baumgartner, Carrie Bell, Jess Cagle, Alexis Chiu, Tom Duffy, Ruth Andrew Ellenson, Rachel Felder, Alison Singh Gee, Todd Gold, Julie Jordan, Marisa Laudadio, Elizabeth Leonard, Kwala Mandel, Samantha McIntyre, Dana Meltzer, Peter Mikelbank, Tina Redwood
and Cynthia Wang

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