What you didn’t see on TV during the Oscars

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5:23 p.m. _ Sandra Bullock is working the front row, chatting up George Clooney, awkwardly smooching Bradley Cooper and getting smacked on the rear by a jovial Meryl Streep.

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5:25 p.m. _ The thing must really be ready to start. Billy Crystal has just been escorted to the stage.

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5:28 p.m. _ And the award for the last celebrity to take his or her seat before showtime goes to … Actually, it’s a tie this year, with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie claiming the honor.

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