Red Carpet Season 2007 (231 entries)

5 Oscar Movies You Might Not Have Seen (But Should) | Clive Owen

Academy Awards, PEOPLE Critics

Feb. 23, 2007 | 03:45 PM EST

5 Oscar Movies You Might Not Have Seen (But Should)

Need a cure for the winter movie blahs after such sorry recent releases as Norbit, Because I Said So and Smokin' Aces?

PEOPLE movie critic Leah Rozen has some Oscar-nominated solutions, with five worthy selections (including Children of Men, right) – each boasting at least one nomination. ...

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Oprah: Baba, Watch Your Back! | Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey

Academy Awards

Feb. 23, 2007 | 03:00 PM EST

Oprah: Baba, Watch Your Back!

That slapping sound you heard on TV last night was Oprah Winfrey throwing down the gauntlet: Yes, Barbara Walters now has some serious competition when it comes to Oscar specials, as Winfrey trotted out A-listers Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Jamie Foxx and the legendary Sydney Poiter for her own pre-Oscar spectacle on ABC. Unlike Walters, Oprah didn't even ask anyone what kind of tree they'd like to be – she stepped out of the way and let them probe each other, with the kind of insanely personal questions that would get Billy Bush slapped. Here's a rundown of what you missed:

• Roberts met Clooney in his Hollywood Hills mansion, and proceeded to get stuck in his bathroom (because, like any good bachelor pad, the door handle was broken). Roberts badgered him about his girlfriends...

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Play Your Oscar Picks Against the EW Know-It-Alls | Kate Winslet

Academy Awards

Feb. 23, 2007 | 02:30 PM EST

Play Your Oscar Picks Against the EW Know-It-Alls

Think you can predict who will go home with an Oscar on Sunday night – and who will be crying into their Cristal? Embrace your inner Academy member and put your skills to the test with Entertainment Weekly's Pick the Winners game. We like that it keeps your scorecard online and shows you instantly what the EW editors chose as their favorites to win (excellent research for the office Oscar pool). Click here to play the game.

Don't forget! After the Oscars visit People.com for photos of the best dressed, the biggest parties and all the backstage action you couldn't see on TV!

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Arm-Candy Watch: Orlando & Penelope Flirt It Up | Orlando Bloom, Penelope Cruz

Academy Awards

Feb. 23, 2007 | 12:30 PM EST

Arm-Candy Watch: Orlando & Penelope Flirt It Up

Are they or aren't they? For newly shorn Orlando Bloom and Best Actress nominee Penelope Cruz, all signs point to "they are" if the pair's behavior at the Global Green event Wednesday night at Avalon is any indication. "They were snuggling in a booth," says an observer who was in the Hollywood club's VIP area. "He would brush her hair from her face, they were sitting close and whispering into each other's ears. It was clear they were together." But Bloom's undivided attention was diverted briefly when Maroon 5 took the stage. "He was freaking out and singing along to every lyric. He jumped out of his seat and danced ... It was a little geeky," says the observer. Even Cruz was bopping along with Petra Nemcova, who was there with boyfriend James Blunt.(Click here to see quick videos of their red carpet arrivals.)

Other couples milling around the club's VIP area included Blunt and Nemcova and Josh Jackson and Diane Kruger, while Olivier Martinez hung with Bloom and pals, and Leonardo DiCaprio stopped by with a special date: his mom.

Don't forget! After the Oscars visit People.com for photos of the best dressed, the biggest parties and all the backstage action you couldn't see on TV!

What It's Like to Fly Like an Oscar Star

Academy Awards

Feb. 23, 2007 | 11:30 AM EST

What It's Like to Fly Like an Oscar Star

Let the pilgrimage begin! The stars are landing in L.A. (Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams and baby Matilda were spotted just the other day hauling luggage) as Oscars weekend kicks off – and they aren't flying coach. Bellinis, truffles and other perks are the norm for VIPs. On Jet Aviation Business Jets (pictured), a private plane company catering to celebs, producers and fashion designers, in-flight hair and makeup, free-range chicken, gluten-free bread, white asparagus, Cuban cigars, any requested vintage of wine, hotel and restaurant reservations in L.A., and ground transportation are all available to passengers. "We get asked for just about everything," says Bob Seidel, the company's senior vice president and general manager. Hmm ... Everything? ...

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Academy Awards

Feb. 23, 2007 | 06:00 AM EST

Ellen's Not Freaking Out, She Swears!

This year, she's the one wearing the pants. As DeGeneres gets ready to host her very first Academy Awards (Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC), she reveals to us her hopes and fears for the big night.

Nervous?
No, not at all. I've been joking on my show that I'm nervous, and I think the audience is starting to freak out for me. You can see it in their faces: "Just relax!" But I'm not that scared.

What's your schedule Oscar Day?
I have to be there pretty early, and the night before we have a dress rehearsal till about 11:30 at night.

So, no breakfast in bed or massages that morning?
I'm gonna do that kind of stuff when I can a few days beforehand. And then I'm going to do my live show the next day, and then I'm going to go lay down on an island someplace with an IV in my arm. ...

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Nominee Djimon Hounsou: No Cameron, but Has Manners | Djimon Hounsou

Academy Awards

Feb. 22, 2007 | 09:00 PM EST

Nominee Djimon Hounsou: No Cameron, but Has Manners

Just because you're nominated for an Oscar doesn't mean you're going to get special treatment everywhere. At Beverly Hills eatery Mr. Chow, Best Supporting Actor nominee Djimon Hounsou still had to wait at the bar about 30 minutes the other night before being seated with a couple of friends. But the Blood Diamond star proved a patient man while waiting for his squab in lettuce: He posed for a photograph with a fan, and even played nice with the paparazzi when he left. And when one of them asked if he was "with" Cameron Diaz, all he did was chuckle.

Don't forget! After the Oscars visit People.com for photos of the best dressed, the biggest parties and all the backstage action you couldn't see on TV!

Swag Mountain's Waistline Grows!

Academy Awards

Feb. 22, 2007 | 07:00 PM EST

Swag Mountain's Waistline Grows!

Sweet mother of swag! It has to be a good day when the haul includes an itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny polka-dot bikini, along with gourmet chocolate-and-nut-dipped apples and politically correct non-toxic biodegrable wipes to clean it all up. The only thing bringing us down: something called "anti-energy" drinks.

In another day of Oscar swag suite hopping, PEOPLE.com added about $730 to Swag Mountain's value and two feet to its waistline. The tasty highlights:

The Sonya Dakar Suite in Beverly Hills offered everything to put on the pounds: chocolate-dipped strawberries, marshmallows and Rice Krispies treats from Carrie Zack Events – then spa treatments to try to rub it all away. To wear when (if?) you're slim again: a Girl ExtraOrdinaire binkini!

• More decadent chocolate was available at the GBK Suite in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel ...

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Peninsula Hotel Empties Its Coin Purse for Oscar Guests

Academy Awards

Feb. 22, 2007 | 06:00 PM EST

Peninsula Hotel Empties Its Coin Purse for Oscar Guests

The best perk of staying at the luxe Peninsula Hotel during the Oscars (aside from Tiffany cufflinks on demand and complimentary Gold Standard wine)? They'll clear the road for you. The Beverly Hills hotel, where suites can cost up to $3,500 a night, buys up all 48 metered parking spaces surrounding the hotel – at Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards – to help make way for traffic on Academy Awards night and ensuring prompt red carpet arrivals. And if you're having a car crisis and your Rolls Royce (or Prius) won't start, the concierge keeps just the right vehicle on hand for guests: a Bentley.

Don't forget! After the Oscars visit People.com for photos of the best dressed, the biggest parties and all the backstage action you couldn't see on TV!

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Even the Stage Gets Blinged Out for Oscars

Academy Awards

Feb. 22, 2007 | 02:00 PM EST

Even the Stage Gets Blinged Out for Oscars

Crystal giant Swarovski has created a custom 34-ft. long curtain of gems for the Academy Awards set. The more than 50,000 crystals weigh about 1 ton, and are worth an estimated $1 million. Still, we're betting Jennifer Lopez will have that much hanging off just her right earlobe.

Don't forget! After the Oscars visit People.com for photos of the best dressed, the biggest parties and all the backstage action you couldn't see on TV!

 


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