Gratitude was the emotion of the Oscar day for first-time supporting actress nominees Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis, who agreed it really was enough just to be nominated.
"The win is the beautiful, amazing people I've met along the way," Henson, who raises Brad Pitt's character in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," said on the red carpet before Sunday's show.
A few minutes later Henson would lose to Penelope Cruz who played Javier Bardem's high-strung ex-wife in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." But not before receiving good wishes from Denzel Washington, Rita Moreno and James Earl Jones.
Her only other Oscar appearance came in 2006 when she was one of the performers who sang the Oscar-winning song from "Hustle & Flow."
"There are so many talented actors out there and not all of them walk this carpet, so I'm very honored," she said.
Davis' appearance in "Doubt" lasted just minutes, but she stood out among co-stars Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, who also earned Oscar nominations.
"I said, `If I can just hold my own in this film, it will make my life,'" she said. "It's like they say, the happily ever after comes after you do the work."
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ There was plenty of ink on the red carpet Sunday. Or rather on the bodies of the stars walking the carpet.
Angelina Jolie's strapless black gown left plenty of space to see her now-familiar tattoos.
Evan Rachel Wood, who plays Mickey Rourke's estranged daughter in "The Wrestler," had the numeral 15 tattooed behind her left ear.
Wood's strapless beige gown also provided the backdrop for the phrase "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream" tattooed across her back below her neck.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A man police say tried to sneak into the Academy Awards with a phony press credential wound up in police custody instead,
Police Officer Karen Smith said David Dule, 42, was arrested for investigation of trespassing after he tried to enter the secure red carpet area outside the Kodak Theatre on Sunday night.
Bail information was not immediately available.
Smith said Dule was the only person arrested during the Oscars.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ At the Oscars what is fashionable formal wear is sometimes left to the eye of the beholder.
Mickey Rourke, for example, arrived on the red carpet for Sunday's show in sunglasses and an ivory tuxedo over a black vest without a tie. Philip Seymour Hoffman came decked out in a classic black tuxedo complete with tie but with a knit cap on his head. Still another Oscar attendee was sporting a top hat.
Robert Downey Jr., nominated for best supporting actor, said he wasn't sure what he or his wife, Susan, were wearing.
"I just know that she's wearing red and I'm wearing black and she looks really cute," Downey said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Those star-struck fans who cheer wildly as the stars arrive have to enter a lottery just to get a seat in the bleachers outside the Kodak Theatre.
Some enter every year for a decade or more before getting lucky enough to attend, so they must really be huge movie fans.
Or maybe not.
"Free food. That's why they're really here, I think," said Seth Rogan as he gazed up from the red carpet Sunday at the fans heralding his arrival on the red carpet.
Besides seeing Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and scores of other stars up close, bleacher watchers do get free coffee, doughnuts, soda and sandwiches.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Joaquin Phoenix says he isn't making movies any more so why not get a laugh at his expense on his way out the door.
Mimicking Phoenix's recent bizarre, gum-chewing appearance on "Late Show With David Letterman," Ben Stiller appeared at the Oscars wearing dark glasses, a gigantic beard and chewing a huge wad of gum.
"What's going on with you?" asked Natalie Portman, who was on stage with him to present an award.
"Nothing. I just want to retire from being the funny guy, that's all," Stiller mumbled in his best Phoenix put-on voice.
"You look like you work at a Hasidic meth lab," she told him.
When Portman complained about his gum, Stiller took it out of his mouth and pasted it on the podium. Phoenix had stuck his under Letterman's desk.
During his Feb. 11 appearance, Phoenix, in beard and dark glasses, mumbled his way through the conversation and couldn't seem to remember the name of his "Two Lovers" co-star Gwyneth Paltrow. He said he was serious about giving up acting to pursue music and said he'd like to return to the show someday as a musical guest.
"You know, that seems unlikely," Letterman told him.
Associated Press writers Anthony McCartney, Lynn Elber and Raquel Maria Dillon contributed to this report.
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