February 26th, 2012
07:11 PM ET

Clooney's pre-Oscars prep: Basketball, and a nap

When you're George Clooney, there's no need to stress the Oscars: All the man needs is 10 minutes, and he's red carpet ready.

The double Oscar nominee told us that he's feeling calm headed into the Academy Awards, saying he didn't have any nerves. "I’m happy to be here, I get to see a lot of people I like," the star said. "It’s a fun night."

As his date Stacy Keibler explained, nothing happens in the Clooney house "until 10 minutes before." During the day, the actor played a little basketball, and took a nap as Keibler employed the glam squad to prep for the Oscars red carpet.

But even though he may not need a lot of pre-Oscars planning, "You never take it for granted," Clooney said, "because you don’t know if you’re ever allowed back. So I’m really enjoying this night."


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What made Melissa McCarthy cry on Oscars night?
February 26th, 2012
07:04 PM ET

What made Melissa McCarthy cry on Oscars night?

Not to worry - they were sentimental tears!

Melissa McCarthy explained on the red carpet that the designer of her shoes, pal Brian Atwood, had an inscribed a thoughtful, special message on the bottom of one of her heels.

"My friend Brian Atwood made my shoes with a sweet message on the bottom," McCarthy told us on the red carpet, as she took off her shoe to show it off. (You can't say McCarthy isn't down-to-earth!)

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One of the West Memphis Three: From prison to Oscars
February 26th, 2012
06:38 PM ET

One of the West Memphis Three: From prison to Oscars

As "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" director Joe Berlinger phrased it on the red carpet for the Academy Awards Sunday, it certainly wasn't "a typical day for a documentary maker, or a guy who was in prison seven months ago."

The guy Berlinger's referring to is Jason Baldwin, one of the West Memphis Three who was released from prison after 18 years last August, and the subject of Berlinger's "Paradise Lost 3" documentary with Bruce Sinofsky.

All three arrived at the Oscars on Sunday, with Baldwin especially taken aback by the transition his life has taken.

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A sheepish Wolf(e) in fancy clothing
February 26th, 2012
05:22 PM ET

A sheepish Wolf(e) in fancy clothing

Oscar Sunday is here, and both the stars and the folks who cover them are busy getting ready for the swanky ceremony.

I’ve covered eight years of red carpets now, noting countless fashion hits and misses in the process, but this year I'm joining the well-dressed fray thanks to a ticket to attend the Academy Awards and the Governor’s Ball.

I felt like Charlie with the golden ticket to Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but there was a problem: The wrinkle for me lay in the dress.

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How a little black Oscars dress went green
Valentina Delfino, Missi Pyle and Birgit Muller pose during a fitting.
February 26th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

How a little black Oscars dress went green

Of all the outfits that will be worn on the Oscars red carpet Sunday, the one Missi Pyle will be wearing may arguably become one of the most influential. That's because the chic little number could set a new eco-friendly trend.

The gown is the winner of the third annual Red Carpet Green Dress design contest, a competition dreamed up by Suzy Amis Cameron (the wife of "Avatar" and "Titanic" director James Cameron), an ardent environmentalist.

Pyle, who co-stars in the best picture nominee “The Artist,” told CNN she committed to wearing the gown even before seeing the finished version.

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CNN Showbiz's 2012 Oscar predictions
February 25th, 2012
02:31 PM ET

CNN Showbiz's 2012 Oscar predictions

Now that our movie critic Tom Charity has weighed in, we here at CNN.com are giving our predictions for Oscar wins in the big six categories.

We know some of you may have fancy algorithms and special ways of foreseeing a film's success, but we're relying on a healthy mix of Oscars hindsight, appreciation of performances, and good 'ol intuition to predict the Oscars future.

Check out our guesses, and let us know in the comments if we're spot on, or should be prepared to lose our bets!

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