Taped down, sucked in and pushed up: It's not torture, just the hidden truth on how celebrities look so sleek and slim in those skintight gowns. Here's how stars and their stylists push up the goods – and hide those wobbly bits ...
Last year's stalled Sharon Stone vehicle Basic Instinct 2 ran into a brick wall on Oscar eve, with the failed follow-up to the 1992 original named worst picture by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation.
The group, dispensing its 27th annual Razzies, also named Stone worst actress of 2006, and "honored" the movie for worst screenplay and as worst prequel or sequel.
Ryan Gosling may have won Saturday at the Independent Spirit Awards, where Little Miss Sunshine also shone brightly, but he's betting on Forest Whitaker to take home the Oscar.
"I've got a lot of money riding on Forest," Gosling tells PEOPLE of his fellow Academy Award nominee, who's up for The Last King of Scotland. "I know he's going to pull through for me."
Gosling, who got the surprise Independent Spirit Award for best actor for Half Nelson, says he'll be accompanied by his mother and sister when he heads to the Kodak Theatre on Sunday, as girlfriend Rachel McAdams will be spending Oscar night working. ...
As we finish our experiment in collecting all the free stuff we could from Oscar luxury suites in five days, it's confession time. We thought we could stop. We really did. Oh, $150 worth of chocolate here, $300 in cosmetics there, maybe some healthy dog food for the pooch we don't have, but we could always return to PEOPLE.com's offices with our dignity intact, build our little Swag Mountain and call it an awards week.
Then those most unlikely sirens of swag, the Independent Spirit Awards, lured us into their den of freebies, and it was all over: $20,000 in electronics, hotel stays and yearlong movie passes.
So how do we look at ourselves in the morning? ...
The red carpet at the Academy Awards is truly the pimp-my-shag of floor coverings. It's 40,000 sq. ft. of custom-made, California-manufactured, specially dyed carpet, that's cared for by its own S.W.A.T. team of tux-clad rug technicians who watch out for – and immediately repair – any crease or wrinkle. But before the carpet was even laid down, all the cracks and potholes on Hollywood Boulevard had to be filled with different types of sand to create a smooth, seamless surface. Once Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett and Reese Witherspoon click over the flooring in their spiky stilettos ...
Super-secret spas. Famous $500 facials. And a $1 million massage. Find out how stars from Gwyneth Paltrow to Kate Winslet are getting buffed and beautified for the Oscars.
Sonya Dakar has already had Paltrow and Paula Abdul come through for their VIP gifting suite and special Oscar Facial, which includes red light LED treatment and an oxygen treatment.
Tracie Martyn is bringing her signature re-sculpting facial to L.A. from her New York City spa, and Winslet, Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon have already scheduled appointments before the big night. (They're also ponying up $500 a piece for the it!)...
James Blunt celebrated his 32nd birthday at Soho House Thursday night, surrounded by perhaps the highest concentration of Oscar nominees and A-listers this side of the Kodak Theatre.
Shortly after the singer and girlfriend Petra Nemcova arrived at the mansion in West Hollywood around midnight, the music stopped and the room broke into an off-key rendition of "Happy Birthday" as a large cake was brought out. A delighted-looking Blunt blew out the candles and planted a kiss on Nemcova.
The couple had just missed crossing paths with Best Actress nominee Helen Mirren, who'd had dinner there with her husband, Ray director Taylor Hackford and 10 friends.
Today, a very special Swag Mountain, one adorned with socially conscious, eco-friendly freebies. Our sojourn to the green side has taken the edge off our mild hangover from four days of shameless consumption of all the stuff we could get our greedy hands on. Alas, PEOPLE.com's respite was quickly interrupted when we returned to a suite only to find – shockingly! – that we had missed a pile of expensive chocolate the first time around. Ah, the paradox that is Swag Mountain. To wit:
The Earth-first PennHouse Awards Suite at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel offered swag without guilt, from environmentally safe products like Dr. Ken's all-natural mouthwash to The Hollywood Cookie diet (yep, they're cookies that actually help you lose weight!). ...
In this edition: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Helen Mirren, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kirsten Dunst, Jennifer Hudson, Halle Berry and more!
Ben Affleck, getting numerous kisses on the cheek from wife Jennifer Garner as he held court at the Miramax Films pre-Oscar party. At one point, nominee Peter O'Toole (up for Venus) playfully grabbed Affleck's earlobe and they shared a warm bear hug at the bash at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood. (The two costarred in the 1998 thriller Phantoms.) Affleck told us he and Garner are planning on staying in L.A. for a while. "We're definitely here, yeah," he said. And as for a possible Baby No. 2 to join 14-month-old daughter Violet? "We'll let you know!" Also hobnobbing: the queen herself, Helen Mirren, who said her awards-show ritual is to "get lots of sleep – and make sure you have your family around you," and Julian McMahon, who was in charmer mode and flirted with all the ladies around him.