On the Red Carpet
The Artist's best director winner Michel Hazanavicius (in YSL) with wife and Artist best supporting actress nominee Berenice Bejo (in Elie Saab), who said: "We flew from France after winning the Cesar, so I am fading a bit. But when I start to lose energy, Michel helps me get my energy back up." ... George Clooney, a nominee for The Descendants (best actor) and The Ides of March (best adapted screenplay), said of his girlfriend Stacy Keibler's Marchesa gown, "I love Stacy's dress, and she did ask for my input -- but to every dress I see, I am smart enough to say, 'That's beautiful, honey.' " ... Descendants co-star Robert Forster playfully snapped pictures while on the red carpet. ... "This is a custom Marina Rinaldi," Bridesmaids supporting actress nominee Melissa McCarthy said of her gown. ... Warrior supporting actor nominee Nick Nolte (with his son Brawley) said: "I've been here before, but you never get over the rush of it." ... Gary Oldman wore a custom tuxedo by Paul Smith with Union Jack buttons at the wrists. "I'm surprisingly calm tonight," said the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy best actor nominee. "But what other way is there to be? It took me a long time to get here, and I do think it was actually worth the wait. This is a pretty surreal experience." ... Beginners best supporting actor winner Christopher Plummer met best supporting actor nominee Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close). ... Sacha Baron Cohen arrived dressed as General Aladeen, his character from The Dictator, holding a canister of late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il's "ashes," which he later dumped on Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet. ... Albert Nobbs best actress nominee Glenn Close (with husband David Shaw) said of her Zac Posen gown: "This is so beautifully constructed. I love the way this outfit fits me."