03/14/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
What tip did Anne Hathaway
receive from former Oscar cohost Shirley MacLaine? "Change clothes as often as possible," Hathaway tells ABC as she makes her way down the red carpet. "I took that one to heart."
A NICE SURPRISE
(with Penélope Cruz
) has "a little earring of my daughter's" hidden under her Louis Vuitton earring.
Presenter Robert Downey Jr.
's take on the best actor nominees? "They're all good."
LIVING THE DREAM
"A year ago I was auditioning for the role," says True Grit
nominee Hailee Steinfeld (with brother Griffin). "Now I'm here."
A TIME TO THRILL
meets up with pals Matthew McConaughey
and Camila Alves.
"I've got all my girls here with me!" says nominee Jeff Bridges (with wife Susan, center, and from left, daughters Jessie, Hayley and Isabelle and son-in-law Brandon Boesch).
Oscar nights may vary, "but the one thing that is the same is my best friend Busy [Philipps, right]," says Michelle Williams
of her date for the night.