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What you didn't see on TV during the Oscars

Off-camera moments at the Oscars can be as interesting as what's on TV; here's a rundown: By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' Even the hundreds of photographers, TV cameras and webcams around the Hollywood & Highland Center can't capture every starry moment of Sunday's 84th annual Academy Awards.

Celebrities reunite on the red carpet, mingle during commercial breaks and experience impromptu star-crossings in the wings ' and we've got our eyes and ears trained on those moments.

From arrivals to after-parties, here's a running account of what you didn't see on TV:


3:22 ' "Is the house open?", a casually dressed Billy Crystal asks a backstage security crew a little more than two hours before the Oscar show is to begin. Wearing jeans, a sweater, sneakers and his Oscar credential, Crystal gazes out at an empty theater as he hits his marks and silently rehearses his monologue. A few minutes later, he's gone.


3:26 p.m. ' Outside the theater, things are beginning to heat up, thanks in no small part to the arrival of perennial Oscar heartthrob George Clooney. The fan bleaches erupt in a chorus of cheers and whoops as Clooney arrives on the red carpet, bobbing his head in time to chants of "George, George, George. With him is his date, Stacey Keebler. Decked out in a stunning gold gown, she could almost pass as the gold-plated Oscar's sister.


3:40 p.m. ' Morgan Freeman quietly slides in through a back door to the theater and heads straight for the green room.


4:01 p.m. ' Viola Davis asks the bleacher crowd what it thinks of her new cropped copper 'do. The crowed responds with an enthusiastic cheer.


4:03 p.m. ' Clooney, who a few minutes earlier had promised the bleacher crowd he would return, keeps his word. He walks right up to a throng of fans to shake hands and sign autographs.


Associated Press Writer Cristina Silva contributed to this report.

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