From the archives: When Vogue went behind the scenes at the 2002 Oscars

Hurry up, hurry up, time is running out. Back to the Four Seasons, quick, quick, to a corner suite, where Dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench are getting ready for tomorrow’s festivities. A man from Harry Winston arrives with their Oscar diamonds – he needs to know the exact size of Maggie Smith’s earlobes. “I think I was sent Jim Broadbent’s gift by mistake,” says Judi Dench. “I opened it and it was a nice keyring with his initials on it. JB, JD – that’s an easy mistake to make. Ladies need to be groomed next to hotel rooftop pool “Gifts are pretty cool this year,” Maggie says. “When I was here for the Oscars in the ’70s, I arrived in my hotel room to find a bottle of mulled sparkling wine and two plastic glasses. . When I returned later after winning my Oscar, I was amused to see a huge bottle of champagne in a silver bucket instead.

Tara Subkoff and Chloë Sevigny at vanity lounge to party.

Anders Overgard

Sunday morning: more sun, more gifts. Hugh Jackman – the Australian actor who stars with Meg Ryan in Kate and Leopold and currently on Hollywood’s ascending list, as evidenced by the fact that he is to be a presenter at today’s awards show – remembers what he’s received so far as a reward. “A bed,” he says, sipping his freshly squeezed breakfast juice at the Urth Caffé in Beverly Hills, “a few watches, a facial, a cashmere wrap, a voucher for teeth whitening, a chair, no, two, a lounge chair and a chair for meditation. There’s more – too much to remember. You get in your car after Oscar rehearsals, and it’s filled with all of it. He pauses and says, “Let me tell you something interesting. At last night’s rehearsal, they had actors standing in for the nominees, and those actors really prepared for it — they gave speeches, they cried, they thanked their producers — they believed in it.

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