Flashback: 'It' Couple Sean Penn and Charlize Theron's Double Oscar Win a Decade Ago

For most people, finding a picture of you and your boo before you got together means suffering through embarrassing high school dance photos, wild college party snaps or any number of awkwardly posed group shots.

In Hollywood, it means scouring red carpet images.

WEEK IN REVIEW: Oscar Winners' New Roles

OSCAR UPDATE: After Sunday night’s Academy Awards, the winners are already back at work. According to various reports, “Mystic River” Best Actor Sean Penn, 43, will star with Naomi Watts in the drama “The Assassination of Richard Nixon” and then costar with Nicole Kidman in the thriller “The Interpreter.” “Monster” Actress winner Charlize Theron, 28, will costar in HBO’s biopic “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” playing the comic’s wife, Britt Eklund.

NEWS BRIEFS: Oscar Rings in Good Ratings

RATED: Despite the evening’s predictability, the power of the “Rings” (coupled with the return of host Billy Crystal and moving the event up a month) boosted the TV ratings of the 76th Annual Academy Awards Sunday night. Some 43.5 million viewers tuned in, giving the show its biggest audience since 2000, reports Reuters. The show posted a 31 percent jump in average audience from last year’s record low of 33.1 million viewers, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen Media Research.

Oscars Backstage: Shock and 'Disbelief'

Winning an Oscar is one thing. Facing the press is another.

Backstage at the Kodak Theatre, all the winners came parading though – always applauded, and sometimes subjected to questions hardly worthy of them or the moment. But all in all, Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Peter Jackson, Tim Robbins, Renee Zellweger and the others proved themselves good sports.

Oscars: 'Rings' Rules Them All

Best Picture of the year “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” commanded Oscar night, scoring a clean sweep with 11 wins and placing it alongside such all-time record-holders as 1959’s “Ben-Hur” and 1997’s “Titanic.”

Charlize Theron was named Best Actress for her role as the real-life prostitute and serial killer Aileen Wournos, while Sean Penn was named Best Actor for “Mystic River.” (Check out a complete list of winners.)

THE WEEK AHEAD: Oscar-Mania Takes Over

Who’ll walk away a winner at the Academy Awards? PEOPLE gets glammed up for the big night, and preps for other happenings in the coming week:

Oscar Night: Not So Crystal Clear?

Given the lock that Peter Jackson and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” appear to have on Best Director and Best Picture, it’s little wonder that ABC is saving its heavy promotion for the fact that Billy Crystal is hosting the Oscars.

Daily Insider for February 26, 2004

February 26, 2004
GEARING UP FOR OSCARS
Some nominees are calming their nerves in the days leading up to the Academy Awards by throwing themselves into work. Tim Robbins is in New York this week rehearsing for the off-Broadway play Embedded, which he also directs. Ben Kingsley, who is shooting Mrs. Harris in Los Angeles, flew to Chicago to appear on Oprah. And Charlize Theron is shooting a TV commercial in L.A. for Luxe Hotels. “I won’t think too much about Sunday night,” she says.

Uma, Naomi Sign On for Oscar Duty

With just a few days remaining until the 76th annual Academy Awards, three new – and beautiful – faces have been added to the list of celebrity presenters, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday.

Uma Thurman will make her fourth appearance as an Oscar presenter. Thurman, 33, who was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” recently appeared in John Woo’s “Paycheck” and will be back this year for the second half of Tarantino’s genre-bending “Kill Bill.”

OSCAR COUNTDOWN: Joan Gets Nasty

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Friday, Feb. 27: Joan Gets Nasty with Diane

7 a.m.: Joan Rivers makes a shocking revelation to the Los Angeles Times, admitting that not all celebrities love talking to her on the red carpet. “Diane Keaton said no to me at the Golden Globes after I’d written a chapter for her stupid clown book for free. Maybe she was worried about the eczema on her hands. I don’t know.” Rivers also claims that she never rips into anybody “who’s not terribly famous.”

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