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Film, Fame & Fashion 2000: Hollywood Celebrates Oscar Night

Aired March 26, 2000 - 7:00 p.m. ET


ANNOUNCER: It's the biggest night in Hollywood, film is honored, fame is celebrated, and fashion makes jaws drop. Join us now live from the red carpet for all of the glitz and glamour of the 72nd Academy Awards, as CNN presents FILM, FAME & FASHION 2000.

LAURIN SYDNEY, CO-HOST: Hi, everybody, and welcome to the most exciting night in entertainment. I'm Laurin Sydney live at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles at the 72nd annual Academy Awards.

Well, the ballots are counted, the statues here. Now, all that's needed are the envelopes, please. Let's hope that they don't lose those. In less than two hours the show begins, but not before the most glamorous part of the night, the red carpet arrivals. Right now Jim Moret is down there on Oscar's Avenue of the Stars -- Jim.

JIM MORET, CO-HOST: Red carpet backup. Over my left shoulder, Lucy Liu, who's one of the presenters, she's going to be in "Charlie's Angels." You may recognize her from "Ally McBeal." Erica Badoux (ph) is over to my right. She's in "Cider House Rules." She is also going to be a presenter. And just a few minutes ago we saw Haley Joel Osment walking up and down the red carpet.

Folks are starting to give interviews now. We'll be bringing them to you throughout the evening. But this is truly, as you said, the most glamorous part of the night. FILM, FAME & FASHION 2000 wouldn't be anything without the fashion and we're going to see plenty of that over the next 60 minutes.

Now, as you know, this was a tumultuous lead up to the Oscar. First, the ballots were AWOL. Then the statues, too. But one thing has never been missing, that is the suspense. With no overwhelming favorites this year in major categories, this truly could be anyone's night.


MORET (voice-over): The ballots finally made their way to the voters and the missing statues had been found. Now Oscar contenders have nothing to distract them from the big night.

MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN, ACTOR: Two tornadoes hitting a very small town, that's what it's like.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: It seems more like a barroom brawl. UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: I'm just thrilled.


MORET: Oscar's red carpet is reminiscent of those deep red roses in "American Beauty." But the 72nd annual Academy Awards is a race that appears too close to call. "American Beauty" enters the best picture category with eight nominations and big wins at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild.

KEVIN SPACEY, ACTOR: This has been a really extraordinary year for inventive, risky movies.

MORET: "Beauty" goes up against "The Sixth Sense," a jailhouse miracle in "The Green Mile," the insider's look at big tobacco and "The Cider House Rules" journey into an orphanage.


UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: Nobody ever wants me.


MORET: Four of the five best pictures are also up for best director, except "The Green Mile," which is replaced by Spike Jonze's "Being John Malkovich."

Denzel Washington already has two Golden Globes and an Oscar. He hopes the best actor win for his work in "The Hurricane" will even the score.

DENZEL WASHINGTON, ACTOR: Three's an odd number. I need an even number. One more would be fantastic.

RUSSELL CROWE, ACTOR: I've watched the Academy Awards since I was a kid, probably since I was six or seven. I'm not sure that I've ever done the holding the hairbrush in front of the mirror speech trick but...

MORET: Maybe he should practice. Crowe's name is also on the best actor list for "The Insider." Past winner Kevin Spacey is back with "Beauty." Add 79-year-old Richard Farnsworth for "The Straight Story" and Sean Penn in "Sweet and Low Down."


UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: You want the truth, don't you?


MORET: A best actress nomination gives a career boost to Hilary Swank in "Boys Don't Cry."

HILARY SWANK, ACTRESS: I realize what this has done for me not only as an artist but as a human being. MORET: Her category ranges from England's Janet McTeer from "Tumbleweeds" to indie actress Julianne Moore from "The End of the Affair" to "A" list stars such as "Beauty's" Annette Bening and 12- time nominee Meryl Streep for "Music of the Heart."

ANGELINA JOLIE, ACTRESS: I've never been. I get to go as a nominee and that's new for me and that's huge.

MORET: Best supporting actress nominees include Angelina Jolie from "Girl Interrupted," Chloe Sevigny from "Boys Don't Cry," Catherine Keener from "Being John Malkovich," "Sweet and Lowdown's" Samantha Morton and Toni Collette of "The Sixth Sense."


HALEY JOEL OSMENT, ACTOR: I see dead people.


MORET: The supporting actor category runs the gamut from 11- year-old Haley Joel Osment to former ditch digger Michael Clark Duncan. British Jude Law and Michael Caine throw their hats into the ring, along with past nominee Tom Cruise.

TOM CRUISE, ACTOR: The first time I was on I was so nervous, you know, I've just, I've learned how to have fun with this stuff and enjoy it.

MORET: And images of those smiles are worth almost as much as Oscar gold.


SYDNEY: Absolutely, win or lose, these stars, of course, want to look their best for Oscar. Throughout our special we're going to be looking at what it takes to step out in style. For the red carpet crowd, that includes face time in the makeup chair.


SYDNEY (voice-over): The colors, the shine, the sparkle. Makeup can make or break a star's runway review.

JULIANNE MOORE, ACTRESS: There are a lot of people. It's kind of a big deal. There are a lot of cameras. You know, you hope that you look good.

JEANINE LOBELL, MAKE-UP ARTIST, STILLA: You've seen over the years people get absolutely shredded, you know, shredded for their hair or their makeup.

COURTENEY COX ARQUETTE, ACTRESS: I've been using the same makeup artist forever. She comes over and she knows, I show her the dress and she plans it out.

SYDNEY: Makeup artists are in high demand on Oscar Sunday and the price tag?

LOBELL: $750 to $2,000.

SYDNEY: This season's look is light with a touch of fantasy.

DANIELLE BAKER, MAKE-UP ARTIST, VINCENT LONGO: We're seeing soft, shimmer, metallics on the eyes.

LOBELL: We want to see the skin. We want it to be, we want it to look healthy. We want a not such a made up, heavy look.

BAKER: Some people tend to think that oh, it's television so you have to pack it on, you know, more heavier foundation whereas I think it's better to do the lighter foundation.

LOBELL: They want that soft look but they still want to be glamorous. They want to be pretty without being made up.


SYDNEY: Stars long for Vincent Longo when they need to look their best. He's made up plenty of winners and nominees from Susan Sarandon to Julia Roberts and the list goes on and on. He's here right now to fill in the rest of them.

Who else have you done, Vincent?

VINCENT LONGO, MAKE-UP ARTIST: Well, I've done Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci and Michelle Williams. The list goes on and on.

SYDNEY: It certainly does. Now, this is a big night for, of course, the celebrities and our viewers at home. Many people at home are going to parties. So what's the secret to keeping the makeup long lasting and looking divine?

LONGO: Well, always definitely having a pressed powder in the purse and a little lipstick to go along at, you know, the after dinner. A lipstick applied at the table is always gorgeous. So, you know, that's pretty much the accessories that you need to go with you.

SYDNEY: So there's no superstar makeup trick that you can tell our viewers, a touch of gold somewhere perhaps?

LONGO: Well, I mean there are definitely application tips that, you know, are a little more lengthy than to explain in a few seconds. You know, there are professional steps that we take to make sure that the, you know, the divas are totally fine once they hit the red carpet and they're comfortable right throughout the evening.

SYDNEY: Now, of course, how you look throughout this evening is so important it can actually make or break your career. Have there been any makeup trends that were born at past Oscars?

LONGO: At past Oscars definitely. I mean I think we see them each year, we see something new coming out. It does flow with the editorial world. They go hand in hand with each other and it dates back all the way back to even in the days of the '40s where you'd see all the celebrities, divas coming out with their makeup and we'd see it then on magazines.

Recently in the contemporary stream, let's say, we've seen Bugsy with Annette Bening and it brought back the '40s look. And we saw it on the covers of "Harper's Bazaar" and then it swept across the world. Even in the days of Brooke Shields with the natural look where the eyebrows came back. So absolutely, I think each year there's a hand in hand with the fashion world and new trends come about and new things are born.

SYDNEY: Now, it must be a little nerve wracking for you when you have to make up a superstar for the Oscars. How do you handle that tension?

LONGO: I think you're part of a whole process and it starts off with shopping for the outfit and it starts...

SYDNEY: Which you told me before sometimes means going to Paris. Oh, poor, poor Vincent.

LONGO: It does mean traveling sometimes with celebrities to locations, to showrooms, to be part of the whole process of dressing up and getting ready and...

SYDNEY: Is it a committee or do you decide upon the makeup?

LONGO: No, no. It's definitely a group, you know, contribution of thoughts and opinions.

SYDNEY: OK, well you hold that thought right now because somebody's down there with Jim Moret and we're not going to miss a trick during this special -- Jim.

MORET: Laurin, there's a person in front of me who's standing tall right now, standing tall. What are you, about four and a half feet tall?

OSMENT: Yes, about.

MORET: This is Haley Joel Osment. You're up for best supporting actor for "The Sixth Sense." Congratulations.

OSMENT: Thank you.

MORET: You know, I saw you walking down the red carpet and you were waving to all the people. You have finesse at 11 years old.

OSMENT: Thank you. I'm just, I mean these friends are so supportive. They're the whole reason why the movies have done so well. I mean, "The Sixth Sense," the fans are the biggest support.

MORET: You've been acting for a long time. You've been working in TV and film. Do you like one more than the other?

OSMENT: I can't choose between them. They're both so different that, you know, I just enjoy doing both of them. The mix.

MORET: Bruce Willis gave you a lot of credit for all of the success he's had as a result of the film. What do you think about that?

OSMENT: I, he deserves a lot more of the credit than I do. He really brought out a lot of a good performance in me because he's such a great actor himself.

MORET: I don't know if you saw this but I saw a couple of celebrities here, actors in their own right who stopped and applauded when you walked by. Did you know that?

OSMENT: No, I, I'm just really thrilled and honored to be here.

MORET: Who are you here with tonight?

OSMENT: My mom and my dad. They're standing back here.

MORET: And are they more nervous than you? Because you don't look nervous at all.

OSMENT: No, they're just having fun. I love it, they love it. It's cool.

MORET: Haley Joel Osment, thank you. We wish you a lot of luck. Thank you. We'll be back with more FILM, FAME & FASHION 2000, right after this. Don't go away.


SPACEY: It's a great opportunity to come together and put your arms around each other and, you know, pat your egos and have a good time, do a little drinking, a little gambling.



SYDNEY: In general, stars definitely take their hats off to Oscar. That means that their hair better be looking good for the cameras. It's up to stylists to make sure that the stars have locks to talk about.


SANDRA BULLOCK, ACTRESS: It's all nerve-wracking. It's all, it's construction. You need to get a good construction crew that knows how to build your hair, your face and your body.

SYDNEY (voice-over): No need to panic. When it comes to creating a look for the Oscars, experts say just go for the gold.

FREDERIC FEKAI, HAIR STYLIST: The very important thing is to look special, to look, to have your own look, to have, to look sexy, to look hot, that, again, polish. SYDNEY: A bad hair day may not be such a bad thing.

JOSE EBER, HAIR STYLIST: Sometimes to be talked about, negative or positive, works, too. It's Hollywood, the city of make believe.

SYDNEY: And pretend hair.

EBER: (UNINTELLIGIBLE). It's shiny hair. It's straight. It's long hair but yet it has a twist of fantasy, a twist of fun.

SYDNEY: Designer Tarina Tarantino adds whimsical sparkles to these famous locks.

TARINA TARANTINO, DESIGNER: More of these actresses are like you know what? Forget it. I want to go and have fun and show some individuality and be funky and hip.

EBER: Rhinestone, shining staff. Yes, you'll see it. Hair accessories is definitely a winner for the Oscars.

FEKAI: What else is better than just being fabulous?


SYDNEY: Stylist Jose Eber is world renowned for teasing Oscar winners like Miss Elizabeth Taylor. Welcome to our special today, Jose.

EBER: I'm so excited to be here.

SYDNEY: I know that you are.

EBER: What a great day.

SYDNEY: Now, Jose, you've had the experience of doing old stars in Hollywood and I mean older stars, stars of old Hollywood and stars of new Hollywood. What does glamour mean today? What's the definition?

EBER: Today it's much more casual, I would say, because it's not about this or that or you know what I mean?

SYDNEY: I know what you mean.

EBER: It's about attitude. It's about what about what you have within and it's basically studio heads don't tell you how to look or to behave. So it's all about individuality. I mean a star right now makes their own decision. Obviously they take advice from stylists, hair stylists, makeup artists. But after all they're their own decision maker.

SYDNEY: Now, you're an old buddy of mine so I can ask you this question without insulting you. How much money do you get?

EBER: How much money?


EBER: That's a very difficult question to answer because I've been here many times doing stars for free because they've been friends of mine and you just want to be part of this great celebrity, celebration. And sometimes when you don't know somebody well and they want you badly, you can charge up to $5,000 a day.

SYDNEY: $5,000.

EBER: Absolutely. There's a bargain.

SYDNEY: Take me through that day. I know, for you. Take me through that day. Tell me, are you booked far in advance and what happens day of Oscar?

EBER: No, the day of Oscar there's, you never can take more than three, three stars who will appear at the Oscars because then you're really in trouble because most of the time they don't come to your salon, you go to their home.

SYDNEY: And one year you did take three and got in a little bit of trouble.

EBER: No, no, no. In one year I did take three and the last one I never made it and she ended up doing her own hair. But so I mean you have to be very careful. They do take appointments way in advance. And you're just there and you devote your time and you hold their hand and you keep them calm because it's a big deal.

SYDNEY: Right. Now, Jose, earlier on the arrivals line, Kimberly Pierce (ph), who is the director of "Boys Don't Cry," came with a certain different kind of hair color. I'd like you to look in our monitor and comment on it.

EBER: Yes.

SYDNEY: It's kind of blue, azure like the sky. Should people at home, should this be a trend?

EBER: No, should it be a trend? Absolutely not. We've seen this over and over but it's an attention getter, you know? I mean a little blue streak with a blue sky, why not? I mean it's all about individuality, I said it and I say it again. She was in the mood for a blue streak and good for her. Nothing wrong with that.

SYDNEY: No, absolutely not.

EBER: Do I want it to become a trend of the next year? Absolutely not.

SYDNEY: No. What are trends? Are hair trends born here at Oscars?

EBER: No, Oscars, I mean, has a lot to do with it, yes. I mean I believe that we've seen a lot of trend happen during Oscar night. But I mean trend, you'll see curly, you'll see wavy, you'll still see somebody with long, straight hair, you'll see -- you'll see it all.

SYDNEY: Right. Right. Now, you always get to wear a hat. You're a lucky guy. We all, whether you're a superstar or not, have just had a bad hair day. As a superstar hairdresser, what can you tell us to do on a bad hair day?

EBER: A bad hair day?


EBER: There is no such thing as bad hair days anymore.

SYDNEY: To you.

EBER: No, no, not to me. With what's going on out there, with the availability of products, of you name it, I mean there shouldn't be any problems. There should never be a bad hair day.

SYDNEY: OK, Jose...

EBER: At least that's what I want.

SYDNEY: Our hats off to you and thank you so much for stopping by today.

EBER: No, we have a great time.

SYDNEY: OK, and there's much more glamour ahead and tips for you at home. So please, don't go anywhere.


TONI COLLETTE, ACTRESS: Who expected this kind of thing in their life, you know? It's amazing to have your peers vote for your work and recognize it. It's so flattering. Who would expect something like that? My ego would have to be so huge to actually think that kind of thing would roll on into my day.



MORET: Things are really heating up here on the red carpet. Michael Clarke Duncan, who's up for "The Green Mile," is just over my shoulder. We hope to get him for you in just a moment. This is really all about competition going into the awards. Richard Farnsworth is competing for an Oscar tonight at the age of 79. That makes him seven years older than Oscar himself and he's 68 years older than the person we talked to just a few minutes ago, Haley Joel Osment.

Lauren Hunter reports on the elder statesman and the kid.


LAUREN HUNTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In this Oscar class of 2000, they are the freshman and senior members. Haley Joel Osment is 11, Richard Farnsworth more than seven times that. For both, home is far from the Hollywood spotlight. For Oscar's oldest nominee, it's 70 acres of Billy the Kid country in New Mexico, home also to Sylvester the Mule and a donkey named Yosemite Sam.

RICHARD FARNSWORTH, ACTOR: Yosemite, do you want an apple?

I'm a rancher fundamentally, you know? I've been cowboying all my life mostly so I don't really consider myself a Hollywood star.

HUNTER: But it was his star turn in "The Straight Story" that got Oscar's attention. Farnsworth's Diamond D Ranch holds a lifetime of Hollywood memories.

FARNSWORTH: I quit school when I was 15 in 1935 and went to work at a polo barn there and I was a barn boy. I cleaned out stalls and galloped horses.

HUNTER: That led to Farnsworth's first movie job in 1937 on "Marco Polo" when a couple of guys from Paramount asked if he could ride horses. The pay was $7 a day and a box lunch.

FARNSWORTH: I went to the boss and I said do you suppose you could spare me for two or three weeks? And he said no problem. He said, you're fired. So, that was the best thing that ever happened to me.

HUNTER: And 60 years later, that led to Farnsworth's second Oscar nomination.

FARNSWORTH: It's fate, you know? I just happened to be where they needed me at the right time and it worked.

HUNTER: Haley Joel Osment is this year's youngest Oscar nominee, at home on both a movie set and a golf course. His first big movie role was when he was six in "Forrest Gump."

OSMENT: Grandma used to read it to you.

HUNTER: He picked up golf a year later.

OSMENT: I got interested about when I was seven and I had two clubs then and I've worked my way up to a half a set of them.

HUNTER: Despite the acclaim from his role in "The Sixth Sense," Osment says he's a regular kid whose favorite subjects in school are math and history.

OSMENT: And in history we're going into ancient humans such as Australopithecine and Homo habulis (ph) and everything. It's really exciting to see something new this year.

HUNTER: And the young nominee gets a vote of confidence from his senior Oscar colleague.

FARNSWORTH: That little boy, bless his heart, he's the youngest and I'm the oldest nominees and I'm just pulling for him. So bless his heart.

HUNTER: A May-December Oscar romance.

Lauren Hunter, CNN Entertainment News, Hollywood.


MORET: Earlier, we talked to one of the youngest and smallest Oscar nominees. This is one of the biggest Oscar nominees, Michael Clarke Duncan. Let me see this. This is beautiful.

MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN, ACTOR: It's got my heart, which, of course, was (UNINTELLIGIBLE).

MORET: Oh, that was specially made for you. OK. And wait a minute. You're wearing something else. Hold on.

CLARKE DUNCAN: Look at this, a green Concord (ph) watch by Concord and watch, flip it over, there's Mr. Jingles right there. He's made out of diamonds but I'm looking for a little bit of gold tonight.

MORET: You're having a good time, aren't you?

CLARKE DUNCAN: A wonderful time. You just don't know what type of time I'm having.

MORET: Tell us about it.

CLARKE DUNCAN: Look it, I'm 6'5", do I look like I'm -- look at me. Look. Look. I'm in Myzania (ph) man. This is Zania from Rochester big and tall, look at the diamond. It shows that big guys can dress, too, and that's what I'm out here to do, to change the myth about big guys. I've got my bodyguard with me.


CLARKE DUNCAN: I've got my sister with me.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hello, how are you?

CLARKE DUNCAN: Everything's wonderful tonight, no fear, nothing.

MORET: And I can see they're proud of you, too.

CLARKE DUNCAN: Oh, they are. Are you proud of me?

UNIDENTIFIED COMPANION: I'm very proud of him.

CLARKE DUNCAN: Are you proud of me?


MORET: What's life been for you like in the last couple of weeks, crazy, huh? CLARKE DUNCAN: Crazy but wonderful. I've been loving every second of it, man, and I just asked my publicist, I said can we go to the end and start over again? And he told me no. But this is just pure energy and pure adrenaline right now.

MORET: So you're up against who's right behind you, Michael Caine. Did...

CLARKE DUNCAN: I know, I'm trying to get rid of Michael Caine. Really, I'm trying. I don't want Michael Caine over here while I'm over here because he's been winning everything.

MORET: Let's see what he has to say to you.

CLARKE DUNCAN: Oh, you gonna jinx me.

MORET: Yes. Michael Caine, Jim Moret. You're up for "Cider House Rules."

MICHAEL CAINE, ACTOR: We've been together all the way along here. We keep catching, I keep catching him up.

CLARKE DUNCAN: Now, I want to ask you a question right here.

CAINE: Go ahead and ask me quick.

CLARKE DUNCAN: We're on CNN. If you win, will you give me your Oscar?


CLARKE DUNCAN: You heard him.

CAINE: You all heard it. You heard that.

MORET: He's a good actor.

CLARKE DUNCAN: He is, man. And he's probably got like seven of them at home. He can afford to give away one.

CAINE: No, it's -- he's a great actor. A great actor.

MORET: He said...

CAINE: I don't know where you come, where did you come from because I've never heard of you.

CLARKE DUNCAN: I know. Nobody has.

CAINE: Nobody heard of you.

CLARKE DUNCAN: I'm an anomaly. I just dropped out, baby.

CAINE: That's wonderful.

CLARKE DUNCAN: I've got to be right here with you, man. MORET: He said life's changed a great deal for him but life's changed a lot for you since "Cider House," hasn't it?

CAINE: What?

MORET: Life has changed a lot for you since "Cider House?"

CAINE: Oh yeah, yeah, yeah because I was, I left the business for a while. I was struggling to make a comeback. I ain't making it, I ain't struggling anymore.

CLARKE DUNCAN: What Michael Caine calls struggling is having like $3 million left in the bank. That's what he calls struggling. You don't know about struggling, come on.

CAINE: I know about struggling.

MORET: We wish you both a lot of luck. Thank you both.

CLARKE DUNCAN: Thanks a lot man. A pleasure.

MORET: Good to meet you.

CAINE: Thank you.

MORET: More FILM, FAME & FASHION 2000 live from the Oscars right after this.


CHLOE SEVIGNY, ACTRESS: Julianne Moore, who I'm working with -- who I worked with before in "A Map of the World," she came to my door and knocked just to say hello. She said oh well congratulations. She said, oh wow, it was nominated. She was the first to tell me. It was really exciting.



ANNOUNCER: International and American beauties are filing down the red carpet. The insiders in Hollywood nervously wonder which nominated film will rule this year. Let's rejoin Jim Moret and Laurin Sydney with the parade of stars at this year's 72nd annual Academy Awards as we return to FILM, FAME & FASHION 2000.

MORET: And we're back on the red carpet with Garth Brooks. Garth, what are you doing here? You're singing tonight?

GARTH BROOKS, MUSICIAN: Yes, we're going to be a part of the music that made the movies of the last century so we get to play some pretty cool music to some pretty big films.

MORET: The world of country music is very different from the world of film. Tell us about your experience here tonight. BROOKS: Yes, I mean you still feel like a celebrity but here you really don't feel like one because the actors are all the big guns and it's pretty cool. I think we're here more almost as fans than we are as, you know, as actually working tonight.

MORET: And you know what? You make it work with a tuxedo and a hat. Let's see this.

BROOKS: We're going to do it. Well, you know, I mean we've still got to wait for show time but it's still me, you know?

MORET: It's still you. Thank you very much.

BROOKS: Thank you very much.

MORET: And we'll look forward to seeing you on the show.

BROOKS: Thanks.

MORET: Let's go now to Laurin, who's up above us over the red carpet.

SYDNEY: Thank you, guys.

Well, some stars have arrived fashionably early, giving us our first peek at Oscar style. But what we all know is it doesn't matter who wins or loses, it only matters what they're wearing.


SYDNEY (voice-over): The talk of the town on Monday will be who won and what they wore.

ANNETTE BENING, ACTRESS: Whatever it is, it's going to be something that I can really feel myself in, feel comfortable in and get through the night.

SYDNEY: How do the stars find a dress to out sparkle the rest on Oscar night? Well, they can shop in a showroom or the showroom can come to them.

UNIDENTIFIED STYLIST: It's a new thing now, this sketch thing, and we kind of send them to every publicist, every stylist and it has our clothes for the season.

SYDNEY: Last minute decisions are the name of the game for the award show season.

SWANK: My stylist, she came in with two dresses and said whichever one fits. This fit. It's beautiful.

SYDNEY: Designer Stuart Weitzman has the answer for that undecided actress.

STUART WEITZMAN, DESIGNER: The Cinderella sandal. It doesn't matter what you're wearing, if you've got a good looking foot, that shoe is perfect for it.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: It's by Randolph Duke.

RANDOLPH DUKE, STYLIST: I think that as much hair as you can eliminate up front by just making sure that some surprise isn't going to happen. Sometimes the surprises can actually be great but the truth is you don't want your strap popping and you don't want your left breast falling out at the Oscars.


SYDNEY: For any star it is fashionable to appear in the pages of "Vanity Fair" or, of course, at the "Vanity Fair" party. Elizabeth Saltzman is going because she is the magazine's fashion director, and welcome to our special, Elizabeth.

ELIZABETH SALTZMAN, FASHION DIRECTOR, "VANITY FAIR": Thank you. Thank you for having me.

SYDNEY: You're welcome. This year, unlike others, the fashion scene has been very quiet. There are no leaks to the press who was wearing what. Why?

SALTZMAN: I think that's because people aren't sure about what they're going to wear until the minute they get dressed and they get out that door. I think they're constantly changing their mind. They feel different, they feel one way the night before and they feel something the next day.

SYDNEY: In fact, Gwyneth Paltrow last year 10 minutes prior to even getting into the limo, she actually changed her gown.

SALTZMAN: She changed her dress? I didn't know that for a fact but I've seen it happen a bunch of times. I've seen Madonna promise to wear one thing and absolutely show up in something else. So I think it's just a matter of women are prone to wanting to be who they want to be at that very moment.

SYDNEY: Your magazine is a champion of new Hollywood so how would you describe glamour now?

SALTZMAN: Well, right now what everyone wants is to be pretty again, elegant again. We're bringing back jewelry. We want dressy dresses. You want to look like a lady. At the same time, you don't want to step back into the old, olden days. You want to be feminine and sexy and be able to move.

SYDNEY: We, it's very early in the night and excuse me for my hair being in my mouth.

SALTZMAN: I've got the same thing.

SYDNEY: That happens often when it's early in the night. So we haven't really seen that many female stars yet. But what do you think the trend is going to be besides looking pretty? I have one name for you. SALTZMAN: OK.

SYDNEY: Jennifer Lopez. Are we going to see a lot of skin tonight?

SALTZMAN: I think we're going to see skin. I also think we're going to see color. I think we're going to see jewelry and I think we're going to see a little bit more maybe dressed. A lot of it's been so cut away and so skin, I think a few of the younger are going to go more classic, which is going to be really an interesting twist, whereas some of the people are trying to say hey, I'm not old yet, are going to try and look a little bit more vah, vah, vah voom.

SYDNEY: So will we ever go back to the turtleneck?

SALTZMAN: Please, no. But we might, if Ralph Lauren has his way.

SYDNEY: OK, I just got word from downstairs that Tory Parker (ph) is wearing a dress. That's kind of interesting, I think.

SALTZMAN: That's "South Park" for you.

SYDNEY: OK. Hey, "South Park's" cool. How exactly is the dress chosen? Does every star have to have a big time stylist nowadays?

SALTZMAN: I think it's important for a star to have a stylist if they don't have a strong self opinion about who they are and what they exactly want to wear. It's just easier on them. They're so busy these days. A lot of people have families and they're doing movies on top of one another. They're doing so much press that it just takes the pressure off of going shopping. So you hire someone to do your personal shopping. It's not a bad idea.

SYDNEY: Now for our viewers at home that do not make $20 million a picture, which there might be a couple...

SALTZMAN: A couple hundred thousand.

SYDNEY: ... how would you suggest to them -- a couple of hundred million -- how would you suggest to them to be glamorous? What is an inexpensive way to do that?

SALTZMAN: I think a lot of what you can do is you look at what's going on, look at the magazines, look at the stars and then shop around. A lot of people are doing cheaper versions, less expensive versions. You don't always need to spend the most money for the nicest outfit. Go simple. Go elegant. And then dress it up a little bit.

SYDNEY: OK, right now we're going to go downstairs to kind of simple and kind of elegant, I don't know?

SALTZMAN: Jowda (ph).

SYDNEY: Tell us. MORET: OK, talk about a fashion statement, this is a fashion statement. Mark Shamen (ph).

MARK SHAMEN: Mark Shamen, yes.

TORY PARKER: I'm Tory Parker.

MATT STONE: And I'm Matt Stone.

MORET: Now, two of you are nominated for best song, "Blame Canada."

PARKER: Matt's not.

STONE: Yes. I'm not.

MORET: Is that why you're in the dress?

STONE: It's just such a magical evening and everyone, it's just that everyone looks so spectacular, you know? We just wanted to be a part of it all.

PARKER: It's a night of magic.

MORET: Come on. You're a serious composer.

SHAMEN: And don't I look that way? I feel very comfortable tonight in what I'm wearing. This is what the film composer in the year 2000 wears.

MORET: Are you surprised at the nomination?

SHAMEN: It's obnoxious to say I wasn't surprised. I think we did a fantastic job on the movie and I think we deserve the nomination.

PARKER: Yes, in fact, we should win, but we won't.

STONE: Just to be a good sport I think that they both deeply deserve the award. I think it's the best song of the bunch. And I'm unbiased. I mean they're my friends but...

MORET: You definitely deserve the fashion award.

STONE: I think so. But, you know, it's a magical night.

MORET: Congratulations. Good luck to you. We'll be back with more FILM, FAME & FASHION 2000 after this. Don't go away.


SAM MENDES, DIRECTOR: Suddenly you think of all the other people who've made movies over the years. You're brought in touch with the history of, you know, 70 years worth of movie making and that's moving and very exciting.



MORET: Things are heating up here on the red carpet, but we have Austin Powers here to protect us. Mike Myers, thanks for stopping by.

MIKE MYERS, ACTOR: Thank you for having me drop by.

MORET: You're going to be presenting tonight with Hedda Graham (ph)?

MYERS: I am, yes. Best song.

MORET: And now Austin Powers is up for an Oscar?

MYERS: Yes, for best makeup.


MYERS: Yes, I'm very excited.

MORET: Is this your first time here at the Oscars? No.

MYERS: No, this is my fourth time.

MORET: So tell us about the experience.

MYERS: Fourth time legitimately. I broke in about five times. That's a long story. It doesn't matter.

MORET: But you know what? This year's very different from last year for you, don't you think so? I mean you walk down, people go crazy. They've always been fans but I mean you've got a cult following now.

MYERS: Oh, it's -- I started with just being very happy to have a job and any sort of excitement that's going on around is just amazing, amazingly flattering.

MORET: Continued success, Mike Myers. Thank you very much.

Now, Mike was talking about the fans going crazy. Fans arrived over a week ago just to get a seat in the bleachers right behind us. Our buddy Bill Tush talked to some of them earlier.


BILL TUSH, CNN CORRESPONDENT (on camera): In the bleachers where the action is. You know, things, this is Sonya, who's from Finland. They're giving away free muffins. Times have changed. You know, when I first started coming out here years ago you guys would sit up here and get nothing.


TUSH: Yes, don't sound so excited about it. I mean they, now they give you, what, hats?

UNIDENTIFIED FAN: Yes. Hats, T-shirts.

TUSH: Muffins.


TUSH: Did you get a free camera?


TUSH: Kodak's giving away free cameras.


TUSH: Now, do they want you to send them the film after it's done or what?


TUSH: And I see these guys got, what is that, a Pepsi-Cola hat?

UNIDENTIFIED FAN: A Pepsi hat for taking the Pepsi challenge.

TUSH: And the Hooters T-shirt.


TUSH: You don't do much for that Hooters T-shirt, I might add. So who are you voting for your favorite movie?

UNIDENTIFIED FAN: "American Beauty."



TUSH: And did you come here all the way from Finland just to go to the Oscars?

UNIDENTIFIED FAN: No, actually I spent a year in Baltimore.

TUSH: A year in Baltimore and then came to the Oscars. All right, you figure that out. I don't know. Do you know about the American Independent Spirit Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards?


TUSH: You don't? Well, they gave those out yesterday and Hilary Swank from "Boys Don't Cry" was the winner.


TUSH: She was at my hotel because that's where they had the awards.


TUSH: Yes, I ran into her in the men's room. What's your favorite movie?


UNIDENTIFIED FAN: "American Beauty."

TUSH: In all honesty, how many of the movies that are nominated have you seen?

UNIDENTIFIED FAN: "American Beauty." What other ones are nominated?

TUSH: You mean you came out here, you're going to sit in these bleachers in this hot sun all day long and you don't even know what's nominated?


TUSH: Well, let's -- I'm not talking to you anymore. I'll see you at the bar at Hooters. What's your name? Oh, you don't want to talk.



TUSH: OK, where are you guys from?

UNIDENTIFIED FAN: We're from San Diego.


TUSH: Big trip.

UNIDENTIFIED FAN: Oh, yes, I know. Well, I'm really from Modesta but I go to school in San Diego.

TUSH: Did you come for the free stuff or to see the stars?

UNIDENTIFIED FAN: Oh, to see the stars my first year.

UNIDENTIFIED FAN: To see the stars.

TUSH: See, this was the year, this was the year they didn't let people camp out like they do every year. People put up tents and literally live here for a week. So you had to come here, when did you get here?

UNIDENTIFIED FAN: Four o'clock in the morning on Saturday. And we camped out. Last night it was so cold.

Yes, so cold.

TUSH: Just for the folks that are watching that next year want to do nothing with their lives and come sit in the bleachers, how do you get into the bleachers, just show up early?

UNIDENTIFIED FAN: Yes. You've got to show up early.

UNIDENTIFIED FAN: You've got to show up early.

UNIDENTIFIED FAN: People have been here from Tuesday, since every day.

TUSH: All right. Have fun at the 72nd Academy Awards and that's it from the bleachers.



JULIANNE MOORE, ACTRESS: Sometimes when you're just kind of going through all the things and all the different award ceremonies you forget that when you were nine years old and when you were 14 and when you were 18 that every year, you know, you got excited and you sat in front of the TV set and you thought oh, I hope so and so wins and oh, this is so much fun. And so suddenly in the middle of this you go oh my gosh, I get to be one of those people on TV.



SYDNEY: We are back in our perch high above the red carpet with "Vanity Fair's" fashion director Elizabeth Saltzman. Now, Elizabeth decides the gown and the hair and the makeup. There is the accessories. Unfortunately all of mine I need to return in the morning. This lovely daisy necklace a couple of buckaroos here.

SALTZMAN: So good.


SALTZMAN: Asper & Girard (ph). She knows her stuff. She guessed it.

SYDNEY: This little phone, the Motorola V Line, Vas in very expensive, encrusted with diamonds.

SALTZMAN: Diamonds.

SYDNEY: From Motorola.

SALTZMAN: Very good.

SYDNEY: Have to give this back in a matter of an hour and a half.

SALTZMAN: You know, just pocket it.


SALTZMAN: Motorola's going to give it to you.

SYDNEY: It was her idea, not mine. And these glasses have a little Con it. It does not stand for "The Cider House Rules." It stands for Chopart (ph). So we're just a whole walking accessory.

SALTZMAN: Absolutely. Well, accessories are very important this year because they've been gone for so long and the only time you ever did see them was maybe at the Oscars. And now everyone's ready to get glamorous again and they're putting jewels on. Even Nicole Kidman, who just walked in, I mean her hair was in golden curls. She had a gold little headband. Her dress was gold. Her shoes were gold. Very interesting to see people getting ready to show the jewels again.

SYDNEY: OK, right now, speaking of jewels, we're going to sneak down to Jim Moret, who is with a gem. Jim?

MORET: You're right, I am with a gem. Richard Farnsworth. Congratulations on your nominations and you won the Spirit Award last night.

FARNSWORTH: Yes, I sure did. That came out of the blue. I'll take it.

MORET: You know, I listened to your acceptance speech at the Spirit Awards and it was so endearing. You really had the audience there. Everybody's been rooting for you since your nomination.

FARNSWORTH: I have. I have so much support, you never -- well, if you get nominated you've got a chance to get it. That's the way I feel about it.

MORET: You really maintain perspective. This is your second nomination. You've been touted as the oldest nominee. I don't know if that's something you're proud of or you want to say hey, just focus on my work?

FARNSWORTH: I'm proud of it that I've hung in there as long as I have. I think Hank Fonda was 77 when he got his so I'm three years older than he is.

MORET: When you made this film, "The Straight Story," did you have a sense that there was something special about it?

FARNSWORTH: We knew it was special. We didn't know it would be received this well. But we knew a few days into it that we had something quite different.

MORET: I heard you said that you've got a couple of things to take care of but you're looking forward to going back to your ranch.

FARNSWORTH: Yeah, I do. I've got to get a hip replacement in Santa Barbara then I'll be able to really get around.

MORET: And I'm sure you're hoping that you're going into that surgery with Oscar right at your side. Thank you, sir. Appreciate your time. Laurin, now back to you.

SYDNEY: Now, Elizabeth, of course, life isn't fair. Oscar's only accessory is a golden sword and you know what? He doesn't have to give it back. But most stars adorn themselves with something a little bit more elaborate. Take a look.


SYDNEY (voice-over): And the little things count, too. No red carpet is complete without the Oscar or the accessory. Judith Lieber's (ph) beaded bags sparkle all over the runway. And Harry Winston jewels sometimes outshine the stars.

JAMES KERSEY, SALES EXECUTIVE, HARRY WINSTON: Last year, for example, we had the beautiful diamond necklace on Gwyneth Paltrow and her father turned to her before she won and said you look so beautiful, I'm going to have to get you that diamond necklace.

SYDNEY: Tarina Tarantino offers a colorful shift from the norm.

TARANTINO: I know that I'm not the only girl on the planet that wants to wear colorful, sparkly, candy like jewelry.

SYDNEY: Concord watches offer dyed to match wrist bands for some of the most vibrant fabrics and best picture themed watches for a select group of attendees.

SCOTT WOODWARD, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER, CONCORD: "The Green Mile" watch has a beautiful green strap with a mouse which is actually attached to the clasp. The inspiration there is the rose petals in the movie. So the strap is rubies and diamonds.

SYDNEY: From the 25 carat jewels to the designer gowns, Oscar night can carry an over the top price tag.

WOODWARD: I think that the price has gotten more, it is, it's priceless.


SYDNEY: Of course, we've always known that diamonds are a girl's best friend. Where are the fake jewels? Do we ever see them at Oscars?

SALTZMAN: Hopefully we never see them at Oscars, but I'm assuming that sometimes we do. People don't always feel secure wearing a million dollar necklace. So sometimes a company will duplicate one for them for the evening. But I think it's a lot nicer for people to wear the real jewels.

SYDNEY: When did this trend start of wearing millions and millions of dollars worth of jewelries to this event?

SALTZMAN: Only in Hollywood. It started in the movies. It didn't start in real life. It started -- I mean it started in real life way, way back in the times of kings and queens. But, you know, it's really happened in the movies and movies always come to real life.

SYDNEY: And then there are the stars that do get to keep some of the little items?

SALTZMAN: Yes. Or just take them.

SYDNEY: But Gwyneth Paltrow, whose dad bought her that beautiful necklace from last year...

SALTZMAN: Which is so beautiful and others who end up buying their things. I have to do this, people. I'm so sorry. There is a bee on you.

SYDNEY: But it's Oscar bee.

SALTZMAN: It was decorative.

SYDNEY: Maybe I'll win something if I get stung, a diamond perhaps.

SALTZMAN: It looked good. It looked good.

SYDNEY: OK, let's go down to Jim because we know there's no bee near him. Jim, who do you have?

MORET: Laurin, in addition to focusing on what people are wearing, people tonight will be focusing on where they're going and a lot of the winners will be going to "Vanity Fair's" annual Oscar bash.

Gloria Hillard reports on all of the preparations.


GLORIA HILLARD, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Let's say these pictures will tell the story of the party, "Vanity Fair's" party past.


HILLARD: Has come to town.


HILLARD: It's the hottest ticket Oscar night, they say, not only for the guests but the press.

UNIDENTIFIED "VANITY FAIR" EMPLOYEE: I don't know, I just feel like it's out of control this year, everyone asking for more.

HILLARD: The restaurant.

PAM MORTON, MORTONS RESTAURANT: I'm looking forward to another great party. HILLARD: For the seventh year, "Vanity Fair" has staked out Morton's. There's the sit-down pre-Oscar party for 150 and then up to 1,500 will be coming to the post-Oscar bash. Will they all fit?

MORTON: So would you like to see the wall that's coming down?

HILLARD: Like Jericho without the trumpets, this wall will come tumbling down, providing a party portal, so to speak. Meet William Keen (ph). It's his job to deliver the party parking passes.



KEEN: Parking pass.

HILLARD: Kelly Lynch has been invited to the party the last five years. That's her dog Bat.

LYNCH: He's trying to angle to get an invitation. I said there's no way. There's no dogs coming to the party, not one. Not one dog. Not even the dog from "Frasier." Look at him, he's all depressed.

It's as close as a space gets to old glamorous Hollywood, you know, in our time. I mean I really feel like a '40s movie star in there with everybody sitting around and perfect lighting.

HILLARD: Meanwhile, with less than 48 hours to go, after seeing this, you'll probably never worry about centerpieces again. So, just how does one get an invitation to this party?

LYNCH: If only I could tell you the secret.

HILLARD: That is held by this man, the editor of "Vanity Fair," Graydon Carter.

GRAYDON CARTER, EDITOR, "VANITY FAIR": You try to fill the room with people you like. That's a start. You start with anybody. It's very important who you leave out of a party as well as who you invite into a party.

HILLARD: So that's the secret.

Gloria Hillard, CNN Entertainment News, Los Angeles.


MORET: A number of folks nominated for an Oscar come from the world of independent film and that community had its own awards ceremony last night, the Independent Spirit Awards. Dennis Michael was there.


DENNIS MICHAEL, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Now in it's 15th year, the annual Independent Spirit Awards have grown. They're still the dressed down dress rehearsal for the Oscars, held the day before the big night minus Academy tension and formality.

JEFF BRIDGES, ACTOR: These are usually a lot, you know, more laid back and it's fun to see old friends that you haven't seen in a while.

UNIDENTIFIED PRESENTER: And the Spirit Award goes to...


MICHAEL: The dark comedy "Election" was named best feature of the year. Richard Farnsworth got the Independent Spirit Award as best actor for "The Straight Story" and Hilary Swank was honored as best actress for "Boys Don't Cry."

SWANK: I just thought that's what guys do around here.

MICHAEL: The big winners point out a change in the landscape for independent film. "Election" was released by Paramount Pictures, "The Straight Story" by a division of Disney, "Boys Don't Cry" under Fox's banner. The definition of independent film is changing.

PETER FONDA, ACTOR: The world is changing and a lot of things that were thought to be independent are really boutiques of bigger studios.

JOHN CUSACK, ACTOR: I don't know what it is anymore, you know? I mean this is all corporate sponsored and stuff so this seems kind of establishment to me.

MICHAEL: But the Independent Feature project West believes the awards program still has a role in a changing industry, keeping a spotlight on films outside the mainstream. The creators of "The Blair Witch Project," winner for best film made for under $500,000, benefited from that spotlight.

DANIEL MYRICK, CO-DIRECTOR/PRODUCER, "THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT": That's the beauty of independent film. I mean that's the beauty of what this award represents is that every now and then someone's going to come along and shake it up a little bit and, you know, in the studio system, they just can't afford to do that.

SWANK: The people who were in that room today who gave me this award and -- are people who really understand what it takes to put your heart and soul into something in a way where you're not getting paid.

MICHAEL: The definition of independent film is in transition, but the words Independent Spirit seem to be 15 years on holding onto their meeting.

Dennis Michael, CNN, Santa Monica, California.

(END VIDEOTAPE) MORET: Mena Suvari was in "American Beauty." This film took so many people by surprise and has really captivated the attention of an entire country and now the awards ceremony. How do you feel?

MENA SUVARI, ACTRESS: I feel very excited. I feel very blown away. I feel very overwhelmed, nervous, speechless. There's so many things.

MORET: One of the most famous shots in this film is you covered with rose petals. You're going to have kids one day.

SUVARI: I know and I mean I feel so grateful and so thankful for all of this and it was such an honor for me to get that role and to work with Conrad Hall (ph) and Sam Mendes and the amazing actors that we had and I mean that was enough for me and I never did any of that work thinking that I'd be here or anything like this or even that it would win any awards.

MORET: The film was very disturbing, though, but it touched a chord with people.

SUVARI: I'm sorry, what?

MORET: It was disturbing, but it touched a chord.

SUVARI: It is but it's such a reality based piece and the way that the characters have so many layers and how each character has their own problems and how they're all changing at the same time and like it's a very moving piece and so poetic and creative and we're all, we're so passionate about it.

MORET: Congratulations on your success.

Let's go back now to Laurin.

SYDNEY: If you could give a fashion report card so far, what would the grades be? I don't mean individually, but Oscar on a whole the year 2000.

SALTZMAN: So far for what we've seen I'd say pretty much A.

SYDNEY: A lot of Grace Kelly wannabes, which I think is a good thing.

SALTZMAN: A lot of elegance. A lot of younger people trying to look very sophisticated but not too sophisticated, just elegant.

SYDNEY: Is this going to translate into American fashion?

SALTZMAN: I think so. I think it's all about the '40s right now, which is what we're going to see for the next couple of months in fashion magazines. So it's, they're just, they're going right on target.

SYDNEY: But no wrinkles.

SALTZMAN: Lucky them.

SYDNEY: Speaking of no wrinkles, Estee Lauder does a very interesting thing. They take over a whole hotel here in Beverly Hills, they have a spa and invite anyone who's affiliated with the Oscars, whether you're going, it doesn't matter whether you're starring or not a star, and I saw Michael Clarke Duncan there about to get a facial.


SYDNEY: Men take care of themselves.

SALTZMAN: Men doing it, too. But it's smart.


SALTZMAN: It is smart.

SYDNEY: Well, the stars are continuing their magic carpet ride into the Shrine Auditorium with their facials. We will have all of the winners tomorrow on "SHOWBIZ TODAY," plus highlights from the hottest Oscar parties in town.

Our thanks to Elizabeth Saltzman and to Jose and to Vincent.

Also for Jim Moret. He did a fine job, as well.

I'm Laurin Sydney reporting from the 72nd Annual Academy Awards. Happy Oscar. We'll catch you next time.



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