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As the cameras intrude further and further upon what used to be private Oscars night moments, we the audience get to witness fewer and fewer (truly) authentic moments. It’s an increasingly scripted evening, which is why some of my favorite moments of the evening were the unrehearsed ones, including:

• Hillary Swank jogging in her gown to catch Philip Seymour Hoffman for a hug and congratulations before the official line of interviews;

• George Clooney going backwards to hug fellow nominee William Hurt before going forward to the stage;

• Felicity Huffman with tears (and make-up) running at the surprise video greetings she got from “Desperate Housewives” gal pals during pre-show;

• Host Jon Stewart telling the group Three 6 Mafia, who won Best Song that “that’s how” to really accept an Oscar;

• Jennifer Garner’s slip ‘n slide, follwed by her great ad lib, “I do my own stunts;”

• Robert Altman’s “I’m not done”;

• The sheer celebration by everyone having anything to do with “Crash,” from all corners of the room.

Of course, there was one big moment we didn’t get to see. Just once, I’d love to see one of the nominees for a big award look really ticked, pissed, mad, sad, ripped off, angry, or disgusted when someone else’s name is announced. Now that would be an authentic moment.

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