An All-Star Night
February 28, 2005

"Extra" was right in the middle of the Oscar red carpet Sunday night, and we caught all the stars from every angle as they arrived in first-class fashion.

This year's Academy Awards were certainly a family affair. Clint Eastwood arrived escorting his 96-year-old mother, Jamie Foxx brought his 11-year-old daughter, Corrine, and Natalie Portman brought along her parents.

"She may not know the significance of everything right now, but one day when she gets older she'll tell her friends, 'Me and my dad did something so fabulous,'" Foxx told us. "So as long as she has that memory and I have that memory, that's what it's all about."

In addition to the happy families, the Oscars were certainly a night for happy couples. Leonardo DiCaprio made his red carpet debut with supermodel girlfriend Giselle Bundchen. But the "Aviator" star was starting to feel the pressure: "As soon as I sit down, all the pressure and all that stuff is going to come down on me, and I'm going to do my best to sit back and relax and have a good time, which is hard to do man, it really is."

Meanwhile, Beyoncé and Jay-Z made a rare appearance together, Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis arrived hand in hand and Oprah double dated with Quincy Jones.

Penélope Cruz found time to clear up the marriage rumors about she and her "Sahara" costar Matthew McConaughey. "No again, they're not true," she insisted. "They come up with all these crazy stories like every three or four months."

And Hilary Swank had plenty of time to talk up her leading man. "You know what, I thank Chad everyday," she said of her husband. "Chad knows how grateful I am for him and for everything that he is."

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On the red carpet, we debuted our one-of-a-kind, bling-encrusted microphone flag designed exclusively for "Extra" by Mikimoto. Valued over $200,000, the glittering mic flag featured over 400 Akoya cultured pearls, accompanied by hand-selected golden, black, white and grey South Sea Pearls, 5.3 carats of diamonds and 8.25 carats of blue sapphires.


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