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SHOW BITS: ‘Argo’ is favorite in bleachers
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - AND THE FANS SAY … `ARGO’
However it fared with Academy voters, the clear fan favorite among fans in the Oscar bleachers was “Argo.”
They gave the film’s producer, George Clooney, similar treatment and lavished applause on supporting actor nominee Alan Arkin.
Perhaps the strongest sign of fans’ love for the CIA thriller was when the group was polled for its choice for best picture before any actors hit the red carpet.
While the chanting was spirited for “Les Miserables” and some other films, it was clearly loudest for “Argo.”
JENNIFER: BLEEPED ALREADY
It’s always fun to hear what Jennifer Lawrence has to say _ even if you have to lip read because she’s being bleeped.
Chenoweth: “Is the pope Catholic?”
Lawrence: “… ?” (We can’t print her reply here, but the reference was to something a bear does in the woods.)
And the night, as they say, was still very young. Stay tuned!
_ Jocelyn Noveck _ Twitter http://twitter.com/JocelynNoveckAP
AMY ADAMS SITTING PRETTY
To slide, plop or shimmy?
That’s the dilemma that faced Amy Adams in her flowing Oscar de la Renta gown when she approached her front-row seat inside the Dolby Theatre before the Oscars began.
After greeting fellow nominee Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the row behind her with a big hug, “The Master” co-star tilted to her right side and sort of shimmied down into her seat.
While Jennifer Aniston and Samuel L. Jackson mingled with attendees nearby, Adams held court in her fluffy dove grey fabric cloud.
Across the aisle, Bradley Cooper rushed his mother to meet Jean Dujardin, who took home the best actor Oscar last year.
_ Derrik J. Lang _ Twitter http://twitter.com/derrikjlang
PAUL RUDD: AVENGER IN TRAINING?
Paul Rudd could be one of “The Avengers.” Yes, some people think so.
Rudd was hanging out backstage at the Oscars with the film’s Chris Evans (Captain America) and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) when the Oscar show’s talent coordinator, Danette Herman, spotted him.
“You look like one,” Herman suggested.
_ Sandy Cohen _ http://www.twitter.com/APSandy
JOAQUIN PHOENIX: THE GUY CAN MOVE
Joaquin Phoenix didn’t waste any time getting into the Dolby Theatre, and the Oscar-nominated actor’s dash across the red carpet didn’t go unnoticed.
Red carpet host Chris Connelly heckled Phoenix, who has criticized the awards show, as he rushed by, saying he was setting new speed records.
Connelly then added, “You should be at the (NFL) combine,” a reference to the athletic tests NFL recruits go through.
SHOWING OSCAR FANS LOVE
Oscar bleacher fans got a wave from some stars such as Jane Fonda, and a peace sign from others, including Channing Tatum.
Then there were those who pulled out all the stops.
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter paused on the red carpet to pose for pictures for star-struck fans.
Melissa McCarthy stopped to beam and wave at every section of the bleachers, all but ignoring the professional photographers surrounding her.
Jessica Chastain blew the crowd a kiss.
And Joseph Gordon-Levitt topped it all off with an appreciative bow to his audience.
A FOODIE FEAST FIT FOR A RED CARPET
Even the food gets the red-carpet treatment at the Academy Awards.
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck rolled a tray out onto the carpet to show off just a few of the goodies that will be served at the annual Governor’s Ball following the show.
Making the scene were baked potatoes with caviar, smoked salmon, chicken pot pie with truffle, Kobe steak, sushi, sashimi and of course Puck’s famous gold-dusted chocolate Oscar statuettes.
“It’s going to be the greatest party ever,” he said.
_ Beth Harris Twitter http://twitter.com/bethharrisap
FROM FRONT LINE TO RED CARPET
A few months ago, Army Sgt. 1st Class Walter Talens was shooting footage in Afghanistan. On Sunday, he had a prime seat to watch the stars at the Academy Awards.
Talens was one of dozens of service members sprinkled around the fan bleachers, where he hoped to get a glimpse of actress Jennifer Lawrence from his second-row seat.
It was a new vantage point for him after working two Oscar shows filming shout-outs to troops overseas.
“I never thought I would be this close to the red carpet,” said Reynolds, who had a front row seat where the stars entered the Dolby Theatre.
Talens, who noted the Oscars’ longtime support of the troops, said, “I’m very happy the academy supports the military and allows us to see the glitz and glamour.”
TAKE TWO FOR OSCAR RESULTS
Sometimes in Hollywood it takes more than one try to get the perfect shot.
On Sunday afternoon, that was the case for the accountants bringing in the Oscar ballot results.
The men walked calmly down the red carpet clutching briefcases as a film crew recorded their every move. But before they could enter the Dolby Theatre, they had to repeat the last leg of their walk.
This time fans in the bleachers cheered. The cameras rolled and everyone was satisfied.
Cut. The men walked into the theater.
EDITOR’S NOTE _ Show Bits brings you the 85th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.
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