Stars ogling stars, and other award-show moments

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie caused a stir among even their fellow stars as Hollywood's hottest couple made their way into tonight's Screen Actors Guild Awards.

"I've never been this close to them," gushed Eva Longoria, who craned her neck to catch a glimpse. "Oh my gosh, she's stunning."

Pitt and Jolie stayed on the other side of the carpet from most reporters, delighting screaming bleacher fans by signing autographs and posing for photos.

VIGGO IN HIGH FASHION: Viggo Mortensen, nominated for a leading actor Oscar for "Eastern Promises," turned his share of heads tonight when he arrived sporting a full beard and decked out in a flashy blue-and-red, pinstriped tuxedo.

"Look at you!" said fellow Oscar nominee Javier Bardem as he stopped to say hello on the red carpet. Christopher Walken simply greeted Mortensen with a kiss.

A SOPRANOS REUNION: It was reunion time backstage when 15 principal members of "The Sopranos" cast showed up to claim their trophies for best TV drama ensemble.

"Do we get one now?" Steve Schirripa asked excitedly.

"Yea, we get one now!" Lorraine Bracco exclaimed when she caught site of the hardware.

Only one award was handed out on stage, so the group had rushed back in search of the other 14.

As they lingered by the awards table, cast members also did some stargazing.

"Mary Hart, how are you?" Schirripa bellowed when he saw the "Entertainment Tonight" anchor.

"He's very shy," quipped co-star Edie Falco.

Steven Van Zandt was particularly excited to see Javier Bardem, who won for supporting movie actor for "No Country For Old Men."

"He's the best," said Van Zandt, who also doubles as Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band guitarist.

Meanwhile, Dan Grimaldi stayed true to "Sopranos" character when he noted how heavy the trophies were.

"If a fight breaks out, we're in good shape," he said.

POWER OUT: Power went out backstage 30 minutes into the awards show tonight, with just three trophies presented.

Backstage monitors went out, leaving those behind the scenes unaware of what was happening onstage. That left show personnel to shout out the winners of each category since microphones weren't working.

It was the sixth time the power went down during the evening.

Meanwhile, the on-air show continued uninterrupted during a stormy evening that saw the red carpet outside the Shine Auditorium tented in plastic.

That makeshift tent came in handy when it rained off and on as the stars made their way inside.


OUT OF WORK AND BORED: There's nothing like being unemployed to make an actor bored.

"It's weird not working," said Andrea Bowen of "Desperate Housewives." ''It makes you feel unstable."

Sara Ramirez of "Grey's Anatomy" has moved back to New York during the writers strike. "I don't feel like there is a reason to be in L.A.," she said. "I've been going to see tons of theater."

Judith Light of "Ugly Betty" has been spending time in Aspen, Colo., where she co-owns a restaurant.

Amanda Bynes of "Hairspray" has been playing with her dog and going to the movies. "I do get bored," she said. "I enjoy working."

FIRST-TIMERS: Ellen Page, Nikki Blonsky and Marion Cotillard were among the first-timers.

Page and Cotillard competed against each other for leading female actor in a motion picture. They're were nominated in the same category for next month's Oscars.

"To be here with so many people I admire and respect, it's so humbling," said Page, a 20-year-old who starred in the teen pregnancy comedy "Juno." ''It's hard to wrap my head around. I'm speechless."

Cotillard, the French actress who played Edith Piaf in "La Vie En Rose," said she loves new experiences "and this is a very new experience."

Blonsky was shut out of a nomination for the Golden Globes, SAG awards and Oscars, but she shared a SAG cast nomination for "Hairspray."

"This is amazing," she said. "I'm looking at the cast of 'The Sopranos' right now. I really feel honored."


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