adidas superstar white listers take a casual day at starry Oscar rehearsals
LOS ANGELES, Calif. Less than 24 hours before the super fancy Oscar ceremony, it was jeans and sneakers day at the Dolby Theatre.
Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Aniston, Liam Neeson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomi Watts, Kevin Hart, Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana were among the casually clad stars rehearsing for the Academy Awards Saturday, while Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Marion Cotillard, Jared Leto, Dwayne Johnson and Oprah Winfrey dressed things up.
A day before the Hollywood celebration seen around the world, stars paraded through the theatre to test drive their lines on the teleprompter, try out their show day shoes and get comfortable with the winners envelope.
so glad we doing this! said Terrence Howard, who wore an ascot beneath his cardigan sweater, as he fumbled over his lines. He ran through them again and again, explaining, been on vacation for a while. wearing a letterman jacket and ripped jeans, showed a hint of nerves.
is my first time, he told a stage manager. pretty intense. stars brought the comfort of experience with them. Aniston, who arrived in flip flops, cargo pants and a denim jacket, carried high heels in a paper bag and put them on backstage. Kidman went a step further and rehearsed barefoot.
Statuesque in a white, ruffle front blouse and loose black trousers,
Kidman shed her stilettos backstage because her show day shoes aren quite as tall.
I be the right height, she said.
Leto and Chris Pratt had fun with their rehearsals, each pretending to trip on their way to the microphone.
I know, my jacket fabulous, Leto said when he arrived centre stage, having come straight from the Spirit Awards in an elaborate beaded blazer and a felt hat to rival Pharrell who wore an all black ensemble of hoodie, pants, sneakers and shades, seemed serious as he rehearsed until he was about to leave the stage.
are y playing James Brown music for me? he asked. All the Time he said, referring to his 1985 hit single.
Jason Bateman, in a plaid shirt and jeans, had a special guest in tow: his 8 year old daughter, Francesca.
here, we going to take it up a notch and go for frozen yogurt, he said.
Tatum, wearing a grey sweatshirt, baggy khakis, untied boots and his ballcap askew, took time backstage to chat with the students of Team Oscar: aspiring young filmmakers who won the chance to carry Oscar statuettes onstage during the big show.
Tatum told them about dancing with Charlize Theron during his first Academy Awards appearance. He said he was so nervous that he started drinking as soon as they finished the performance, and was half drunk when he went on the Jimmy Kimmel show later that night.
Winfrey, who arrived camera ready in a long, cream colored skirt and matching sweater, brought best friend Gayle King to her rehearsal. King snapped cell phone pictures of Winfrey on the Oscar stage before she practiced her lines, and took more photos after.
Meanwhile, host Neil Patrick Harris popped out of his dressing room, saying, go see what happening. met up with Winfrey on stage. The two hugged as King snapped away.