Chicago native Terrence Howard tells ContactMusic.com he snubbed the Oscars (despite being announced early as a presenter) to avoid all that fake smiling and posing. "You see people learning to smile on cue, to laugh on cue and to wear what they're supposed to wear. You start off as a celebrated artist and you end up as a celebrity. I don't want to be a celebrity."
Meanwhile, "Little MIss Sunshine" star Toni Collette skipped the big gig to concentrate on, er, her music career.