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Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Most of the action on the Oscar stage is choreographed and rehearsed. Backstage is another story. What you see on TV is Hollywood magic. Backstage is like a home movie, where everybody knows each other and they're all excited about putting on a show.
JITTERS: Katherine Heigl wasn't kidding when she told the Oscar audience she was nervous.
Behind the scenes, a stagehand asked if she was OK.
"I just need a cigarette," she said, bumming one from a security guard and heading out to a loading dock.
Cameron Diaz also had a bad moment when she couldn't quite say the word "cinematography" on stage, and she was slow to recover from the flub afterward.
"I couldn't say my category," Diaz said to Amy Adams.
"You did great," Adams reassured.
Later in the evening, Diaz confessed her mistake again to Jennifer Garner.
"It made you charming," Garner soothe. "It made you cuter, like the world didn't know you were cute."
STAR CLUSTERS: At times it seemed there were as many stars in the green room as in the audience.
Marion Cotillard was about to join them when she learned she would have to smoke outside.
In a hallway, Patrick Dempsey and Katherine Heigl met up with "Enchanted" star Amy Adams, and all agreed that appearing at the Academy Awards is no easy task.
"It's surreal," said Adams.
Later, she met =Tom Hanks in the wings of the Kodak. Hanks complimented Adams on her outfit and her performance of "Happy Working Song."
"I'm so relieved," she said.
Hanks said that as he watched her he thought, "Wow, they make her do it all by herself."
"No costume, no anything," she replied. "It's like, 'Sell it, girl."'
TOM TOUCH-UP: Tom Hanks got a bit of powder from a makeup artist in the view of backstage photographers.
"Boys, get a picture of this. It's so masculine," he said, adding in nasally voice: "Oh look, Hanks is getting his face powdered at the Academy Awards. He stormed Normandy Beach in 'Saving Private Ryan."'


Updated : 2021-04-14 14:20 GMT+08:00