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Makeup tips from Carell, Ferrell

Plus: Things get much easier for a pimp on Oscar night
/ Source: The Associated Press

He’d already been through a body wax for his role in “The 40 Year-Old Virgin,” so donning false eyelashes and pancake makeup to present Sunday’s Oscar for makeup probably wasn’t a big deal for Steve Carell.

“What are you wearing?” asked Carell’s co-presenter, Will Ferrell, also plastered in orange makeup.

“It’s called pineapple bliss,” the actor joked.

Coming in a close second in the unusual attire category were co-directors Nick Park and Steve Box, who were wearing big striped bow ties when they walked on stage to accept their animated-feature Oscars for “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.”

They must have been counting on winning because they brought along smaller bow ties, which they quickly dressed their Oscar statuettes with.

Easy out there for a pimpThe Oscar people showed they were ready to embrace a song called “It’s Hard Out There for a Pimp,” and the hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia couldn’t have been happier — or more surprised.

When Three 6 Mafia’s name was called Sunday as the winner of the Oscar for best original song, its members bounded joyfully onto the stage, where they offered shout-outs to friends.

“I just couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t stand still,” Jordan “Juicy J” Houston said backstage. “I had to run somewhere. I started to run somewhere. People thought the police was probably chasing me somewhere.”

Host Jon Stewart was especially impressed.

“That’s how you accept an Oscar!” he exhorted the audience.

Later, Stewart joked that the Memphis group might have to “get into it” with Itzhak Perlman’s “posse.” The classical violinist had earlier performed a medley of Oscar-nominated songs.

Isaac doesn’t get grabbyIsaac Mizrahi kept his hands to himself on the red-carpet celebrity stroll leading into Sunday’s 78th Annual Academy Awards.

The flamboyant fashion designer created a stir at January’s Golden Globes when he groped Scarlett Johansson’s breast, asked Eva Longoria about her pubic hair and peeked down Teri Hatcher’s dress as he conducted interviews for the E! cable channel.

Mizrahi told The Associated Press last month to expect more of the same at the Oscars, but on Sunday night he had changed his tune.

“I’m going to be so good I’m going to have a halo by the end of the night,” Mizrahi told E! channel host Ryan Seacrest. “I’m not going to talk about body parts anymore, or underwear. I’ve been warned.”

As celebrities began arriving on the red carpet, Mizrahi was good to his word.

He quickly put a nervous looking Sandra Bullock at ease with a series of innocuous questions. He ignored Dolly Parton’s ample cleavage as he asked about her hair and earrings.

He got one of his best jabs in at “Crash” star Matt Dillon, asking if his tuxedo was a rental. But even Dillon got the better of the exchange.

“I got it at a place where they rent tuxedos to certain mariachi orchestras,” he said.

Clooney quipsGeorge Clooney, in his first trip to the Academy Awards, was an early winner Sunday night with the Oscar for best supporting actor for the film “Syriana.” But he didn’t sound hopeful about his chances later in the evening for his nominations as best director and best original screenplay for “Good Night, and Good Luck.”

“All right, so I’m not winning director,” he quipped as he accepted his acting award.

Surprisingly, Clooney said he wasn’t nervous when he arrived on the red carpet.

“That worries me more than anything,” he said of his lack of butterflies.

Someone who has been there plenty of times, and who was nervous, was two-time Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg, nominated this year for “Munich.”

“Every time I come to one of these things, I feel like a first-timer,” he said with a smile.

Baby as excited as WeiszRachel Weisz is eating for two these days, and both of them were celebrating her best supporting actress award at Sunday’s Oscars.

“The baby was going crazy. Poor baby. I think it was from the adrenaline,” said the actress, who is 7 months pregnant.

If her acceptance speech wasn’t coherent, Weisz, who won for her role in “The Constant Gardener,” said to blame it on the baby.

“I couldn’t hardly have told you my name,” she said backstage.

Weisz said she would attend the Governor’s Ball and Vanity Fair after-parties, but only after trading in her heels for a pair of flat shoes.

‘I don’t even know who’s nominated’Jennifer Tilly knows when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em, and Sunday night the one-time Oscar nominee was shunning Hollywood’s Academy Awards for a high-stakes poker game in Las Vegas.

“This is the first time in 15 years I haven’t attended the Oscar parties or gotten swept up in Oscar fever,” Tilly told The Associated Press. “I haven’t even seen ‘Brokeback Mountain.’ I don’t even know who’s nominated.”

The actress, who was nominated for an Oscar for the 1994 film “Bullets Over Broadway,” skipped the Oscars this year to compete in the 2006 National Heads Up Poker Championship on the Las Vegas Strip.

She was eliminated in Saturday’s first round, but said Sunday she had no regrets. After all, she won last year’s World Series of Poker ladies event.

“In this, I have the prospect of winning half a million dollars,” she said. “In movies, I have the prospect of the film going straight to video.”

Maybe next yearVeteran sound mixer Kevin O’Connell lost his bid Sunday for an Oscar, but he can still lay claim to another Academy Award landmark — having the most nominations without a win.

O’Connell’s work on “Memoirs of a Geisha” earned him his 18th Oscar nomination in 24 years. But he lost to the team behind “King Kong.”

The sound mixer was philosophical about his Oscar streak when he was nominated earlier this year.

“There’s 300 to 400 films every year. Five of them get that phone call, and I’ve gotten it 18 times,” he told The Associated Press last month.

Air violistSuperstar violinist Itzhak Perlman owned the Oscar stage for a few minutes Sunday night with a moving medley of the year’s nominated film scores.

But it was air violist extraordinaire Richard Neely who had a rehearsal audience buzzing at the Kodak Theatre on Saturday.

Neely is an old hand at playing the stand-in, having accepted hundreds of fake Oscars at rehearsal ceremonies over the years.

So has actor Ron Waldron, who sat in this year for George Clooney, Tom Hanks and composer John Williams. He’s also played Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, Jon Voight and Michael Caine in a 22-year career.

Unlike so many real people, Waldron had no trouble keeping his acceptance speech brief.

“I’d like to thank Steven Spielberg,” he said. “And I’d like to thank the Academy.”

Uh-oh, he forgot to mention his mother.