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Behind-the-Scenes at the Oscars

March 6th, 2006 11:51am EST favorite Add to My News
Amy Adams* Oscar nominee Amy Adams belted out 1940s jazz standards on her way to the Academy Awards in an effort to calm her nerves. The star insisted her limousine driver tuned his radio into her favorite classics station, so she could unwind with stars like Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby.

Speaking on the red carpet, she said, "I sang in the car on the way here. There's a channel that plays all 40s jazz, so I was singing old Hollywood music to get in the mood."

* Oscar nominee Judi Dench flew straight from the Bahamas set of the new James Bond film to attend the Academy Awards last night. The veteran actress then had to jet straight back to Britain to begin rehearsals for her new theatre production of Noel Coward’s “Hayfever” at the capital's Haymarket Theatre.

* Dolly Parton had Oscar bosses worried as they prepared for last night's Academy Awards when she threatened to sit naked in the audience. The country singer, who was a Best Song nominee, was planning to wear three Robert Behar designs to the Oscars but only had decided on two outfits as the big night came round.

She says, "I thought, `I'm going to have a beautiful gown of pastel pink for the red carpet and a possible white tuxedo top for the performance, and then I don't know what else.' I told them (Oscar producers), `I could go back naked into the audience - that would cause a ruckus.' They'd be like, `This is not the Golden Globes!'"

* Oscar voter Nancy Sinatra left her vote until the last minute, but she was rooting for Paul Giamatti and Rachel Weisz to claim the Best Supporting Acting prizes. As a member of the Academy, Sinatra is one of 5,000 people given the job of deciding this year's winners - but she found it tough choosing.

When asked last week she said, "I'm a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and I'm currently on my final votes for the Oscars. I was disappointed that The Constant Gardener and Cinderella Man didn't make it through for Best Film."

* Charlize Theron was already a big winner at the Oscars before she set a foot on the red carpet - jewelers PearlParadise created a one-of-a-kind Tahitian pearl necklace for the nominated actress to wear to the Academy Awards.

* Oscars presenter Naomi Watts was among the celebrities who gave up the chance to ride to the Academy Awards in a limousine in favour of saving the environment with a hybrid Lexus.

* The 22 presenters at last night's Oscars each received a $100,000 gift basket, stuffed with luxury items, free car hire and the chance to host a Wolfgang Puck party at home. Celebrity chef Puck offered his services at the home of the presenters, where he plans to cook up a dinner for 10.

The presenters' perks also included the free hire of a top-of-the-range Cadillac for two weeks and the chance to stay in the Vera Wang-designed suite at Hawaii's exclusive Halekulani Hotel.

In a charity twist to this year's gift basket, the 60-plus companies who offered their treats and services each agreed to give donations to favorite causes every time a celebrity got in touch with them with regards to an Oscar night gift.

* Sound engineer Kevin O’Connell remains the unluckiest man in Hollywood after missing out on an Oscar for the 18th time last night. The Memoirs Of A Geisha audio guru hoped to pick up his first Academy Award at the 18th attempt but lost out on a Best Sound Editing prize to the audio experts behind King Kong. O'Connell holds the record for the most nominations without a win.

* Advertisements for movies are banned during the Academy Award telecast to prevent the appearance of a conflict of interest that might arise if one studio swept the Oscars and also advertised several films during the broadcast.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)




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