LOS ANGELES ? The Academy Awards are a big deal ? even to A-listers. That’s why a parade of stars came through the theater at the Hollywood & Highland Center Saturday to run through their lines and prepare to address their peers in front of a worldwide audience of millions.
FAKE OSCARS, REAL PRESENTER: Tom Hanks wore jeans, boots and his always-affable smile at his morning rehearsal. The two-time Oscar winner and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences governor posed for photos with the show’s producers before practicing his presentation.
“Brian Grazer, can you believe it?” Hanks said as he embraced the producer. “You saved the day!”
Grazer stepped in as co-producer with Don Mischer in November after Brett Ratner ? who had been tapped to co-produce with Mischer ? resigned following his public use of a gay slur.
Hanks greeted the camera operators and stage managers who’ve worked the Oscar show for years before presenting his category.
After opening the prop envelope, the actor said, “The fake rehearsal Oscar goes to…”
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Meryl Streep, up for her 17th Academy Award, this time for playing Margaret Thatcher, kept things casual Saturday for her rehearsal, arriving in jeans, flats and a black sweater. Of course, she’ll be supremely glammed up on Sunday: Streep’s publicist joked that the best-actress nominee plans to wear “17-inch heels.”