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UPDATED 03/14/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 03/14/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT

COLIN'S CROWNING GLORY

He won the Oscar for playing Prince William's great-grandfather, but Colin Firth laughed when press backstage asked whether he was invited to the upcoming royal wedding. "The invitations have already gone out," Firth said. "Mine's most definitely lost in the post somewhere."

DEJA VU

Presenter Reese Witherspoon (backstage with Christian Bale) earned raves from Emma Roberts, who said the star's chic dress "reminded me of the one my aunt [Julia] wore to the Oscars" in 2001, the year she won Best Actress.

OH, WAITER ...

Copresenters Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem danced onstage in matching Gucci outfits.

HOT STUFF

James Franco's turn as Marilyn Monroe only momentarily stole the spotlight from Anne Hathaway. "I feel good!" she said afterward of her hosting gig. "I'm really happy with the way it turned out."

READY FOR HER CLOSE-UP

Presenter Jennifer Hudson (watching the telecast from backstage) revealed the reason for her glow: "My little baby [1-year-old David]. He is just so sweet and so full of life and joy."

ODD COUPLE

Russell Brand hammed it up backstage with copresenter (and Arthur costar) Helen Mirren, whom he called "an extraordinary woman .... I have become a little obsessed with her."

O'S OSCAR MOMENT

Oprah Winfrey "owned Oscar night," said Zac Posen, who designed her sparkly gown. "She exuded a poised and confident cool."

THE FRONT ROW

A-list seatmates included (from left) Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Michelle Williams, Busy Philipps, Deborra-Lee Furness and husband Hugh Jackman.

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