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Melissa McCarthy turned her first visit to the Academy Awards into a family affair.

She was surrounded by her husband, parents and sister as she got ready for the big evening.

“My dad got choked up, then I got choked up, then my mom went, then my sister went,” she said. “My husband was like, `Separate!’ Because we all cried.”

During awards season McCarthy, nominated for supporting actress for “Bridesmaids,” has given frequent shoutouts to her hometown, the Chicago suburb of Plainfield, Ill.

“We cleaned the whole town out,” she said of taking her big family to Hollywood. “There’s nobody left tonight.”


He was in line for a possible Academy Award but Nick Nolte was just as concerned about something he might be losing.

“I’m worried about my teeth falling out,” Nolte, nominated for supporting actor for “Warrior” said on the Oscar red carpet.

“See, this one wobbles. It’s barely hanging in there,” he said, pushing on his left front tooth.

The 70-year-old actor, who polished off a can of Red Bull energy drink before stopping to talk, said he’s been too busy working on the HBO series “Luck” to visit a dentist.

Only 14 months old, Sir Elton John’s son, Zachary, was more than ready for his close-up during the 20th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party.

Blond-haired Zachary, wearing a black jacket with his name stitched on it that was similar to one John himself had on, chewed on a cloth napkin and twisted and turned as he and John’s civil partner, David Furnish, introduced him to people.

Then, when the photographers arrived at the party in West Hollywood, he opened his eyes wide.

Among those he upstaged were director John Waters, actor Neil Patrick Harris, a blue-bobbed Katy Perry and a pregnant Kourtney Kardashian.


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