With only minutes until show time, it became a mad dash into the Kodak Theatre for last-minute arrivals like Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen, who were trailed by Faye Dunaway, who was followed by Johnny Depp, who had Harrison Ford right behind him.
As the rush continued, Hillary Swank, just ahead of Josh Brolin and Ellen Page, nearly stepped on the back of Spike Lee’s shoes.
Still, George Clooney took a moment to crack a couple more jokes.
‘‘I don’t like him. I don’t like that guy,’’ Clooney, shaking his fist, said of fellow Oscar nominee Daniel Day-Lewis.
On supporting actor nominee Javier Bardem: ‘‘I’ve been drinking with him. He can’t hold his liquor.’’