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Christoph Waltz, Up Early Oscar Winners | Christoph Waltz

Oscars 2010

Christoph Waltz, Up Early Oscar Winners

Originally posted 03/07/2010 09:00PM

Music and laugher kicked off the 2010 Academy Awards from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. In a non-traditional first, the show actually opened with the 10 Best Actor and Actress nominees introduced alphabetically before escorts rose from the audience and guided them to their seats.

Then the fun began.

Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the Tonys and Emmys last year, delivered the show's opening musical number, "No One Wants to Do It Alone," essentially setting the stage for hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin – who spent their opening dialogue poking fun at the top nominees who had just been seated.

"There's that damn Helen Mirren," said Martin – prompting Baldwin to say, "Steve, that's Dame Helen Mirren."

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George Clooney Bets on Jeff Bridges at the Academy Awards | Oscars 2010, Elisabetta Canalis, George Clooney

George Clooney Isn't Betting on Himself for Oscar Win

Originally posted 03/07/2010 09:00PM

George Clooney is a betting man – and even he is betting he won't win the Best Actor trophy at Sunday's Academy Awards.

"If you were to say to me, 'Put all of your property on one thing,' I would put all of it on that," Clooney joked with Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet. His choice? "I even voted for Jeff Bridges."

Still, that doesn't mean the actor wasn't in good spirits at Sunday's award show. "I am not a lonely guy," Clooney, who brought girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis as his date, said. "Look, I am surrounded by stunning women in long dresses."

And the actor had another celebrity admirer on the red carpet: Sherri Shepherd. "I'm traumatized because I want George Clooney," the View cohost, who emceed ABC's red carpet special, said. Then she asked Canalis: "You don't mind do you?"

While Canalis smiled and said "no," her Up in the Air beau joked that her answer was because she didn't understand the question. "She doesn't understand English or she'd kill you," he said with a smile. "She'd cut you with a stiletto."

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Nicole Richie & Joel Madden Set a (Fake) Wedding Date | Oscars 2010, Joel Madden, Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie & Joel Madden Set a (Fake) Wedding Date

Originally posted 03/07/2010 08:05PM

Now that would be a reason to celebrate!

Joel Madden and Nicole Richie recently announced their engagement after keeping it secret for a while. But could they be walking down the aisle soon?

"It's tomorrow," Richie deadpanned, when asked by Ryan Seacrest on the Oscar red carpet if she and Madden had picked a wedding date. But Madden, who is set to deejay inside the ceremony, joked that he wanted to do it right after the telecast. "I thought it [would] be cool to do it here," the rocker said.

While Richie joked with Seacrest that she'd love him to "get ordained" and marry the couple, the starlet was less direct when pushed for more details about the nuptials. And her fiancé was equally tight-lipped.

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POLL: How Many Minutes Past 3 Hours Will the Oscars Go? | Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin

Oscars 2010

POLL: How Many Minutes Past 3 Hours Will the Oscars Go?

Originally posted 03/07/2010 07:45PM

The Academy Awards have a well-known tendency to run over their three-hour time slot, and it's unlikely that this year will be any different, especially with two hosts instead of one and 10 best picture nominees rather than the usual five.

UPDATE: The official running-time of show was 3 hours, 37 minutes and 5 seconds!

So if you're a gamblin' man, guess how long the show will go:

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Jodie Foster Is Rooting for Kathryn Bigelow | Jodie Foster, Kathryn Bigelow

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Jodie Foster Is Rooting for Kathryn Bigelow

Originally posted 03/07/2010 07:20PM

Hey Kathryn Bigelow, you hear those loud fans? One of them is none other than Jodie Foster.

Supporting what could be the first female win for the Best Director Oscar is especially easy for fellow director Foster, who hopes it will mean "more opportunities for women to direct."

"Am I going to be chanting, 'Kathryn Bigelow, Kathryn Bigelow, Kathryn Bigelow?' " Foster told PEOPLE of cheering the Hurt Locker director at the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards Friday. "Listen, it's a great honor for any director: Male, female, carnivore, vegetarian. But I was thrilled to see a film of that caliber with such a strong hand as a director."

Added Foster: "This is clearly something that she's worked her entire life for."

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QUOTED: Timothy Hutton's Cool Oscar Hiding Spot

QUOTED: Timothy Hutton's Cool Oscar Hiding Spot

Originally posted 03/07/2010 06:35PM

"About five years ago my sister and I were having a party at my house upstate New York. She put it in the refrigerator. She thought that would be kind of funny to put the Oscar in the refrigerator when people would go grab a beer or something. It's still there."

Leverage star – and 1981 Best Supporting Actor winner – Timothy Hutton tells Sirius XM radio about where he stashes his trophy for Ordinary People.

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What's Your Fantasy Oscars Red Carpet Sighting? | Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt

Oscars 2010

What's Your Fantasy Oscars Red Carpet Sighting?

Originally posted 03/07/2010 06:00PM

The nominees are in – and pundits have been making predictions for weeks. But what about those unpredictable factors – the red carpet run-ins and new couplings that will make this year's Academy Awards super memorable?

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Carey Mulligan Is Savoring It, But Ready for Awards Season to be Over | Carey Mulligan

Oscars 2010

Carey Mulligan Is Savoring It, But Ready for Awards Season to be Over

Originally posted 03/07/2010 10:30AM

She has scored Golden Globe, SAG Awards and Oscar nods for her role in An Education. She even took home the highest honor at the BAFTA Awards in London. But as the end of award season draws near, Carey Mulligan says she's ready for it all to be finished!

"It's been a really long time," she told PEOPLE at a luncheon thrown by the Diamond International Corporation in her honor. "It's kind of nostalgic now ... I think I'm just gonna remember this weekend really vividly forever."

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Which Oscar Virgin Are You Rooting For? | Anna Kendrick, Carey Mulligan

Oscars 2010

Which Oscar Virgin Are You Rooting For?

Originally posted 03/07/2010 09:00AM

There will be a whole lot of green on the red carpet Sunday night. No, the procession into the 2010 Academy Awards isn't getting a makeover. This year's pool of nominees are just a fresh-faced bunch of newcomers!

The first-time Oscar nominees are as varied as their roles. From Christoph Waltz, who is the favorite among best supporting actor contenders for his role as an evil Nazi colonel in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds, to Mo'Nique, who is the front runner in the best supporting actress category for playing an abusive mother in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.

Her competition includes film alum Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart and big-screen newbie Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air. The best actress race also has some young blood: An Education's Carey Mulligan and Precious's Gabourey Sidibe, who was an unknown receptionist before landing this, her first, role.

The Academy's votes will be revealed Sunday night. But now it's your turn:

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Oscar DJ Joel Madden Keeping Set List a Secret | Joel Madden, Nicole Richie

Oscars 2010

Oscar DJ Joel Madden Keeping Set List a Secret

Originally posted 03/06/2010 07:15PM

For Joel Madden, the sheer mention of the word "Oscars" stirs up images of sitting at home with fiancé Nicole Richie and a bowl of popcorn.

On Sunday, that will all change. Instead of watching the 82nd annual Academy Awards this year, the Good Charlotte frontman will be a part of it, providing the soundtrack to the event as the in-house deejay.

"I'm just there to keep the vibe," he told PEOPLE on the eve of Hollywood's biggest night. "In between the show and in between people going up and accepting awards there's a lot of dead space and a lot of dead air, so I'll be just be there trying to keep it light and keep it fun."

But don't expect Madden, 30, to be the one cueing the music when those acceptance speeches run a little too lengthy – but he would be up for it.

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