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Originally posted 02/27/2011 09:20PM
Was it all a dream?
No, this year's first-time Oscar co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco opened this year's ceremony in spoof of the year's top movies, leading with Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception ... and stepping into Alec Baldwin's dream, narrated by Morgan Freeman.
The evening's two hosts then dipped into The Social Network, The Fighter, True Grit, The King's Speech and Black Swan, with Hathaway performing "The Dance of the Brown Duck."
Finally ending up on the stage of Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, Hathaway and Franco then joked with audience members, including Franco's grandmother, who exclaimed, "I just saw Marky Mark!"
Originally posted 02/27/2011 11:40PM
The Oscars paid royal tribute to The King's Speech, honoring the drama about King George VI as Best Picture and shining gold upon its Best Actor Colin Firth, Director Tom Hooper and Screenplay writer David Seidler.
"I have a feeling my career's just peaked," Firth said on the stage of Hollywood's Kodak Theatre Sunday night, at the 83rd annual Academy Awards.
The British actor was so excited he admitted to "experiencing stirrings … in the abdominal region that are threatening to turn themselves into dance moves."
Natalie Portman, as the troubled dancer in Black Swan, was named Best Actress. "This is insane," she said in her speech. "I truly, sincerely wish the prize tonight was to work with my fellow nominees. I am in such awe of you."
Originally posted 02/27/2011 08:40PM
Pregnant Natalie Portman has turned to an old favorite to craft her maternity wear for awards season – she showed off her baby bump on the Oscars red carpet Sunday night with a purple gown by Rodarte, who also designed costumes for Black Swan.
The actress, nominated for Best Actress, was glowing in her off-the-shoulder gown with pleats falling down the middle of her growing belly. She wore matching Tiffany earrings and sported flushed cheeks as she worked the carpet.
But, she told ABC's Robin Roberts, all that glamour isn't her ultimate joy. "Staying at home with messy hair in sweats ... is the biggest luxury of all," she said.
Originally posted 02/27/2011 08:30PM
Last year she won a Best Actress Oscar (for The Blind Side), but Sandra Bullock owned up to feeling better for this year's event – because she had a full night's sleep.
"We had a little man that no one knew about," Bullock told E! red-carpet host Ryan Seacrest of 2010's Academy Awards – later relating to ABC's Maria Menounos that nominee Javier Bardem has to be very tired with a newborn at home. And, while she didn't mention where – or if – baby Louis, now 1, was watching the Oscars, Bullock did have advice for those in the race Sunday night.
Originally posted 02/27/2011 08:15PM
Penélope Cruz and husband Javier Bardem are brand-new parents by day, and now they're officially a glamorous Hollywood couple by night as they walked their first red carpet – ever – as mom and dad, at the Oscars Sunday night.
Cruz, 36, and Bardem, 41, nominated as Best Actor for his role in Biutiful, wowed the fans lining the red carpet on their way into the Kodak Theatre.
Cruz, who just gave birth to a baby boy in January, revealed her rocking post-baby body, cloaking herself in a shiny, full-length red dress by L'Wren Scott that showed a trim tummy and accented ample cleavage. As she smiled shyly as cameras flashed around them, Bardem kept a firm hold of her hand.
Originally posted 02/27/2011 07:00PM
Oscar night is for giving compliments and kisses – and E! red-carpet host Ryan Seacrest was on the receiving end of both – from Russell Brand.
The funny Brit, his mother Barbara at his side, told Seacrest in a flirtatious manner that he was looking very handsome and then leaned in to plant a smooch on Seacrest's cheek.
Rather than blanch at the budding bromance, Seacrest leaned over to return the kiss – on the cheek of Russell's mom.
Originally posted 02/27/2011 08:40AM
Originally posted 02/26/2011 11:00AM
Can't make to Elton John's annual AIDS Foundation Academy Awards gala this year? Don't fret. You can still get a taste of the party.
While John will welcome a who's who of A-listers, including David and Victoria Beckham, who are acting as chairs of the event, alongside Taylor Swift, Hugh Jackman and Miley Cyrus.
The event will go down at the Pacific Design Center on Sunday and will feature food by Chef Ludo Lefebvre. As for the drinks, well, Food Network personality Sandra Lee has dreamed up several cocktails for the soiree – and now you can make them yourself at your own home Oscar bash.
Want to make the drinks? Check out the recipes below:
Originally posted 02/23/2011 05:50PM
Originally posted 02/23/2011 04:15PM
James Franco will be pulling double duty at this year's
Academy Awards, as both a host and a nominee.
So will fellow emcee Anne Hathaway show him some love by throwing her vote his way for Best Actor in 127 Hours?
Unfortunately for Franco, she's not saying.
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