LOS ANGELES — The highest concentration of cameras anywhere in the world Sunday is probably at the 83rd Academy Awards. Besides the hundreds of TV cameras on the red carpet, and a worldwide broadcast beamed to more than 200 countries, there are webcams in almost every corner.
But there are places inside and outside the Kodak Theatre hidden from the camera's eye, and that's where we are.
From the theater wings to a private balcony box in the house, to nooks and crannies along the carpet, here's a running account of moments you won't see on TV:
3:21 p.m. PST: With almost two hours to showtime, a radiant Oscar co-host Anne Hathaway emerges from the Kodak Theatre in a shiny red dress, with two assistants behind her carrying its train, and heads toward the red carpet.
3:32 p.m.: Hathaway runs into the Oscar show's producer, Bruce Cohen, on the red carpet. "Do you like my dress?" she asks. "It's kinda pretty, huh?"
3:35 p.m.: Hathaway stops to wave to fans in the bleachers and shout," Are you guys excited?!" The resounding cheer that follows indicates they are.
3:49 p.m.: Jesse Eisenberg reluctantly poses for a photo, then abruptly vanishes from the red carpet. Meanwhile, Michelle Williams and best pal Busy Philipps walk hand-in-hand down the star-studded walkway.
3:52 p.m.: "That's who that guy was!" Kevin Spacey gets a big reaction from the fan bleachers — once he removes his sunglasses.
3:57 p.m.: Jeremy Renner arrives with his mom, and the family resemblance is clear.
4:07 p.m.: Justin Timberlake also brought his mom as his date. The two posed for photos together on the red carpet.
4:13 p.m.: Helena Bonham Carter and her husband, director Tim Burton, pose for photos together. Then Burton steps back and let's his Oscar-nominated wife have the spotlight.
4:25 p.m.: Who needs a personal assistant? Director Taylor Hackford walks behind wife, Helen Mirren, gently holding up the train of her body-hugging silver gown.
4:27 p.m.: In a hurry: Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening and her husband, Warren Beatty, skip all the cameras and interview stuff, choosing instead to race straight down the red carpet's uncrowded center aisle.
4:27 p.m.: New parents Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, the latter in a shimmering reflective red dress, provoke screams of rapture from the fan bleachers.
4:50 p.m.: The Oscars have become a family affair for Jeff Bridges. Last year's best actor winner, nominated for the same award again this year, arrives with his wife and three daughters in tow.
4:56 p.m.: "And the Oscar for the first nominee to take her seat at the Kodak Theatre goes to ... " Well, there isn't one, but if there had been, Hailee Steinfeld would have collected it. Close behind is fellow supporting actress nominee Melissa Leo, who struts over to give her 14-year-old competitor a hug.
5 p.m.: With 30 minutes to showtime, Gwyneth Paltrow crosses paths with Jake Gyllenhaal. "Hey, I'm sitting right behind you," he tells her. "Oh good, I'll throw up on you then," says Paltrow, who will perform the nominated song from "Country Strong."
5:07 p.m.: There's major mingling inside the theater. On one side, Colin Firth kisses Amy Adams on the cheek. In the center, Hugh Jackman is shown to his front-row seat before bouncing away. On the other side, Jake Gyllenhaal greets Marisa Tomei and Hilary Swank. "We're sitting next to each other," Swank excitedly tell Gyllenhaal.
5:09 p.m.: Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks, walking with a stage manager, is overheard asking, "Where do I go? What do I do?" The stage manager shows him the way.
5:12 p.m.: The space in front of the stage is filled with A-listers now. "The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper attempts to wade through a crowd that includes Halle Berry and Michelle Williams. On the other side, last year's best director winner, Kathryn Bigelow, tries to plow through the crowd. The directors don't seem to notice each other.
5:18 p.m.: "Please take your seats," a voice from somewhere inside the theater announces. "This is the last call. You will not be able to take your seats until the first commercial, 20 minutes from now."
5:24 p.m.: Co-host James Franco sighs and looks at his iPhone as he's escorted to the stage.
5:25 p.m.: Kevin Spacey stands alone in this third row seat adjusting his cuff links. One row in front of him, Andrew Garfield from "The Social Network" is fidgeting with his bowtie. Then Garfield sees someone he knows several rows back and playfully gives him the finger.
5:31 p.m.: Stage manager Dency Nelson holds a tiny flashlight above Tom Hanks' head as a makeup artist applies a last dusting of powder before he takes the stage.
5:40 p.m.: Hanks let's out a hearty guffaw at the Marky Mark joke Franco's grandma's delivers from the audience.
5:41 p.m.: Denied! Anne Hathaway held up her hand to high five James Franco after their monolog, but he didn't connect. Instead, Franco wrapped his arm around her and led them to the other side of the stage.
5:48 p.m.: Presenters Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis run into the night's first winners backstage. "Your speech was great. You did great," Timberlake tells them. "Now go get a drink."
5:49 p.m.: Jeremy Renner is the first celebrity out of his seat during the first commercial break. Maybe he doesn't like his spot? The supporting actor nominee is at the very end of the front row.
5:50 p.m.: Hathaway and Franco step back on stage. "Ten seconds back," a voice booms overhead. Warren Beatty shoots the pair two thumbs up from his perch in the front row.
6:03 p.m.: Speaking to the backstage thank-you cam after her Oscar win, Melissa Leo thanks "everyone I have ever met." ''Really and truly," she adds.
6:04 p.m.: Instead of a numerical countdown like in years past, the winners are faced with an upside-down white triangle that slowly appears on the TelePrompTer before the words "PLEASE WRAP UP, followed by "WRAP UP NOW." Melissa Leo spoke for several seconds before her triangle began appearing, but the "Toy Story 3" and "The Lost Thing" filmmakers were met with the triangle as soon as they were handed their Oscars.
6:07 p.m.: Co-presenters Helen and Russell Brand wanted to energize before taking the stage. "We'd like two bananas," Brand said. "We went without during the war. We're English and we want bananas."
6:09 p.m.: Hathaway surprises everyone by coming out on stage during a break with a spinning raffle drum. She announces that she will be giving away a plate of sushi to the seat number she selects from the box. She's not kidding, either. There's a guy dressed like a butler who is holding a large platter of the stuff. The winner is someone in seat D71 in the top balcony.
6:46 p.m.: For the record, Matthew McConaughey was ad-libbing. There wasn't anything on the TelePrompTer about repeatedly saying the word "sound" in unison with Scarlett Johansson as they presented the awards for sound mixing and editing.
6:48 p.m.: Uh oh. Here's something you don't normally see at the Oscars, empty seats. Mark Wahlberg and his wife were somehow able to vacate their chairs without a seat-filler getting there in time to take them.Comment on this story
6:47 p.m. Apparently someone just couldn't wait to congratulate Atticus Ross for winning the Oscar for best original score for "The Social Network." ''My phone was vibrating like crazy up there," he tells co-winner Trent Reznor as they leave the stage with their awards.
6:49 p.m.: Too much information. Russell Brand filling in Helen Mirren backstage on his plans after the two finished their Oscar presentations: "I'm going for a wee, then I'm going to sit with my mom."
7:04 p.m.: He wasn't the only one needing a bathroom break. Penelope Cruz and her husband, Javier Bardem, are seen ducking into a backstage bathroom together.