Scenes from the red carpet
Sam Worthington models Payless, George Clooney shows polish, Morgan Freeman steps lively.
A splatter of midafternoon rain fell on the tented red carpet for the 82nd Academy Awards, but it was just an empty threat. In the end, the sun (and Johnny Depp's mad grin, thanks to a giant billboard for "Alice in Wonderland") looked down on the most fame-packed piece of real estate on Earth. Here's the report from this year's rug.
Master of the carpet: Some stars spent little time on the rug -- Morgan Freeman, for instance, jog-walked right past the media despite the protestations of a heartbroken BET team -- others linger for the long haul. No one, though, maximizes their time quite like George Clooney. After some expert-level crowd-pleasing for the bleacher fans, Clooney darted and danced along the media line like the suave lupine he played in "Fantastic Mr. Fox." He was even deft in rescuing others; Gerard Butler was standing in front of the mass gallery of photographers right at the entrance to the Kodak Theatre and playing to their shouts ("Show my legs? Ah, c'mon, you guys are killing me"), when suddenly they abandoned him completely -- they saw Clooney approaching. Butler wilted, just for a heartbeat, but Clooney detected it and saved the day by rushing up and hugging the younger actor. The clinch set up a torrent of camera flashes. Butler seemed to soak up some of the charm lesson. When someone shouted that he looked great, he winked. "It's all digital effects."
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