Uma, Keanu, Jamie Lee...And Me

House lights flare, the $23,000-a-second commercial break is ending, and a voice starts the countdown: "10, 9, 8..." There's scuffling in the aisles as Denzel Washington returns hurriedly to his front-row seat. Just as David Letterman walks back to center stage and the last straggler hops into a seat, production staffers race to the back of the hall. When ABC's cameras pan the audience, every seat in view is filled. Welcome to the Oscars.

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