Sidney Hicks, Best Supporting Actress nominee Mo'Nique on the Oscar red carpet
"I'm the belle of the ball? Yay me!" That's Gabourey Sidibe, after ABC's red carpet interviewer went on about her "Cinderella story." Of the quotes I've heard thus far, Sidibe's joyful remark and her sheer presence have been the highlight of the Oscar Red Carpet.
All but unbeatable Best Supporting Actor nominee Christoph Waltz was asked about his crucial importance to Inglourious Basterds – without an appropriate Nazi, Quentin Tarantino said he wouldn't have made the film. How does that make you feel, inquired the red carpet interviewer. Waltz replied that he "couldn't comment" on that, only to go on commenting for a couple of minutes. I hope he remembers his 45-second limit while onstage.
Jake Gyllenhaal plugged Prince of Persia, Sarah Jessica Parker plugged Sex and the City 2, and I'm assuming Matt Damon must have plugged the upcoming Green Zone. (I got distracted during Damon's brief q&a.)
Another interesting remark: Matthew Broderick's comment about how difficult it is to even reach the red carpet, as everyone there has to wait in line, go through security and all. At least it isn't raining. That would have made things worse.
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Oscar winner Mo'Nique with husband Sidney Hicks at the Governors Ball after the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 7, 2010. Mo'Nique won her Oscar for Lee Daniels' Precious, in which she plays Gabourey Sidibe's abusive mother. That was her first nomination.
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Best Supporting Actress winner Mo'Nique poses backstage with Robin Williams during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 7, 2010. Mo'Nique was the expected winner for her work in Lee Daniels' Precious, in which she plays Gabourey Sidibe's abusive mother. Robin Williams won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1998 for his work as Matt Damon's psychiatrist in Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting.
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