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4:27 p.m. _ Tina Fey, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith speed through the red carpet, using the center lane that separates the famous from the not really so much so.
4:30 p.m. _ Not all the glamour is happening on the Oscar red carpet. An hour before the show, Sir Elton John and his husband, David Furnish, stroll the white carpet at the 20th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party at West Hollywood Park. Bringing the proper amount of glitter to the affair, John is decked out in an embellished black jacket with his initials spelled out.
4:53 p.m. _ Inside the theater, Jessica Chastain has taken her seat - make that her armrest. “The Help” actress squats on the armrest to chat with Christian Bale and others who are dropping by to say hello. The bonhomie is interrupted by an announcement over the theater’s loudspeakers: “Please take your seats. This year’s Academy Awards will begin in 25 minutes.”
5:05 p.m. _ Gwyneth Paltrow stops on the red carpet to chat in Spanish with Penelope Cruz before the two make their way into the theater.
5:15 p.m. _ “How much time do I have?” asks Oscar show producer Brian Grazer, his all-access credential hanging atop his tux. Fifteen minutes to showtime he’s told. “I’m going to see if Bennett Miller is in his seat,” he replies and dashes off in search of the “Moneyball” director.
5:21 p.m. _ “Hey, thanks for dressing up,” a tuxedoed Tom Hanks says as he passes a person wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Turns out the guy is part of the Cirque du Soleil troupe that is performing at the Oscar show.
5:23 p.m. _ Sandra Bullock is working the front row just minutes before showtime, chatting up George Clooney, awkwardly smooching Bradley Cooper and getting smacked on the rear by a jovial Meryl Streep.
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