MTV News was all over the Oscars red carpet tonight, and our team was telling us everything they saw. Head over to our live-blog for the full recap, but here are some highlights …
The first megastar to hit the carpet was “Hannah Montana” star [artist id="2408193"]Miley Cyrus[/artist], who looked beautiful an off-white, ruffled dress with sparkles all over it. She even hoped for some good luck at next year’s show.
“Last year, I presented and this year [movie id="330763"]‘Bolt’[/movie] is nominated, so hopefully we’ll win,” she said. Then, mentioning that the “Hannah Montana” film hits theaters soon, she said maybe it will be nominated for something at next year’s Oscars. “I’m just putting it out there,” she grinned.
Elsewhere, the Oscar-arrivals MC called out “[movieperson id="166773"]Salma Hayek[/movieperson]!” but it was actually Phoebe Cates. Phoebe did a double take, looking back in confusion. The announcer then quickly said, “Sorry … Phoebe Cates!”
The young crowd got another treat shortly after, when [movieperson id="438080"]Zac Efron[/movieperson] and [movieperson id="318323"]Vanessa Hudgens[/movieperson] hit the carpet — it was the first Oscar ceremony for both. Zac looked classy, with a tiny bow tie, old-school tux and slicked-back hair. Vanessa, in a matching black-and-white dress, had to stop for mid-carpet repairs when someone stepped on her train — and continued to have problems with it, as she walked into the theater holding up the front and fidgeting with whatever was causing the problem with her dress. Zac, who said he was pulling for “Sean Penn in [movie id="374161"]‘Milk,’[/movie] ” gave the press bleachers one of his patented winks. Audible gasps were heard.
A few minutes later, it was a Disney summit at the bar inside, when Zac and Vanessa were joined by Miley Cyrus and her mom (they ordered soda, BTW).
Back on the carpet, Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney said, “I was here when this street was nothing but sand, and Charlie Chaplin and Tom Mix ate down the street!”
Next up were the [movie id="364450"]“Slumdog Millionaire”[/movie] kids, who may not have understood that our Josh Horowitz was joking when he asked how many Oscars they have between them. They later cornered [movieperson id="60497"]Meryl Streep[/movieperson] for autographs. Streep said that even after 15 nominations, the Oscars never get old. “This is like the Super Bowl,” she marveled.
Then: “Everybody …” the announcer said over the din of helicopters, “[movieperson id="365131"]Robert Pattinson[/movieperson].” The [movie id="369195"]“Twilight”[/movie] star, clad in a classy old-school tux and a skinny bow tie just like Zac Efron’s, gestured to the stands, and immediately, shrieks drowned out everything.
“I never said anything in 200 interviews!” Pattinson joked about how often he speaks with MTV News. He also said he thought it was a joke when the Academy asked him to present at the show. “It’s the weirdest. When they first told me about this, I said, ‘No, no, no, you’re joking!’ ”
[movieperson id="257378"]Anne Hathaway[/movieperson] wasn’t joking about her love for “Family Guy” and “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” But she really spilled the beans and with her big news of the night: “I could probably falsely announce that I’m pregnant!”
Unlike Hathaway, [movieperson id="264077"]James Franco[/movieperson] doesn’t have the time for TV. “I’m in a few schools right now. I’m reading a great book right now: It’s called ‘Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste,’ ” the actor said, referring Carl Wilson’s recent book about Celine Dion. “It’s a real investigation into what constitutes taste. I’m trying to broaden my horizons.”
Finally, the crowd chanted, “[movieperson id="50260"]Brad Pitt[/movieperson]! Brad Pitt!” Brad got [movieperson id="31834"]Angelina Jolie[/movieperson] to slow down for a second to wave. His hair is very dark, still dyed for his [movie id="404229"]“Inglorious Basterds”[/movie] role. Angelina wore a black dress and bright green earrings.
As soon as Hurricane Brangelina had passed, the press stations were rapidly abandoned and people headed inside.
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