Behind the Scenes at the 83rd Academy Awards®

Behind the Scenes at the 83rd Academy Awards®

The biggest celebrities in the world packed the Oscar®'s red carpet for a memorable night of glitz and glamour. The stars were scorching hot despite the unseasonably chilly Los Angeles weather.

"Can you warm up my hands? Oh thank you your hands are warm," said Celine Dion to INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret.

It was girls' night out for Hollywood's hottest moms walking the red carpet. A glittering Gwyneth Paltrow shared a moment with Nicole Kidman, Best Actress nominee. Kidman beamed as she tenderly held hands with husband Keith Urban. They told INSIDE EDITION's Deborah Norville all about their new daughter.   

"We're so grateful to have our little girl and that's the best gift ever," said Kidman.

Another new mom, Penelope Cruz, proudly showed off her rocking post-baby body just a month after giving birth to her son. She strutted the red carpet with her husband, Best Actor nominee Javier Bardem.

 "It's a great honor to be here," said Bardem.

Sandra Bullock ravished in red as she made a triumphant return to the Oscars®. She left little Louis at home. And only the Oscars® could tear Celine Dion away from her 4-month-old twins.  
"It's my sixth time at the Academy Awards® so I am very amazed," said Dion.

Natalie Portman glowed with her fiancé and burgeoning baby bump. She was briefly stopped in her tracks when someone stepped on her dress but quickly got moving.
There was celebrity gridlock all over the red carpet. Scarlett Johansson, sporting a new short hairdo warmly greeted Jeremy Renner. Portman and Christian Bale shared a quick kiss. Cate Blanchett was spotted introducing herself to The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg.  

Sharon Stone blew kisses and Colin Firth took some time to chat with Aron Ralston, the real-life inspiration for James Franco's character in 127 Hours.

Justin Timberlake and Russell Brand brought their mothers as dates and proved they were true mamas boys.

Donald Trump was also there with his stunning wife Melania. INSIDE EDITION asked him what he was doing there.

Trump said, "Well every once in a while we come and have a good time." 

INSIDE EDITION caught up with golden girl Mandy Moore who tried to stay calm before her big performance. She said, "It's a crazy opportunity trying to stay in the moment and appreciate that I am lucky enough to be here."

Director Steven Spielberg, who presented the biggest award of the night for Best Picture, remained tight lipped about his prediction.  

"Do you have any favorites?" asked Jim Moret.

"I do but since I am opening the last envelope of the night I am not going to divulge," said Spielberg.

Our cameras spotted Oscar® host Anne Hathaway as she posed for pictures on the red carpet before taking the stage. She tried to psych up the cheering crowd.

Franco tweeted a constant stream of photos and videos of all the behind the scenes action. He snapped a picture posing with Oprah Winfrey and former Oscar® host Billy Crystal. He even uploaded a video of he and Hathaway giggling between appearances.

The two young stars are drawing mixed reviews for their hosting duties. The Hollywood Reporter called them "spectacularly bad" and one reviewer wrote, "Franco flopped."

94-year-old Kirk Douglas made a courageous appearance and really vamped it up. He presented the award for Best Supporting Actress. It took six minutes for him to finally announce the winner. It was overjoyed Melissa Leo who had to be bleeped when she accidentally dropped the f-bomb during her acceptance speech.

Leo apologized backstage, but The Fighter co-star and fellow Oscar®-winner Christian Bale poked fun at the curse heard around the world. He even made a reference to his own notorious caught-on-tape rant from two years ago.

Portman was moved to tears as she capped off her remarkable awards season with a Best Actress Oscar®.  

The King's Speech star Colin Firth gave a speech of his own when he received the Best Actor Oscar® and joked, "I have a feeling my career just peaked."

The King's Speech reigned supreme. The movie won four Oscars® and was crowned Best Picture.  

The show closed with a rousing rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow by P.S. 22 from Staten Island, New York. They were joined onstage by the night's big winners whose Oscar® dreams had just come true!