Inside the Oscars: Moments you won't see on TV

By Sandy Cohen

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Feb. 27 2011 8:49 p.m. MST

Show co-host Ann Hathaway arrives before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.

Chris Pizzello, Associated Press

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.

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