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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.

_ Anthony McCartney _ Twitter


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


With more than a half-hour to show time and the red carpet still buzzing outside, some early bird Oscar attendees were already taking their seats inside the Dolby Theatre.

And why not? It’s a great place to see and hear ABC’s red carpet coverage, featuring Kristin Chenoweth, as it blasted away on giant TV screens hanging above the stage.

_ Derrik J. Lang _ Twitter

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