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Posted at 2:10 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Donald Trump's hair feels like _________ (Must-read Oscar roundup)

By Melissa Bell
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Actors and presenters James Franco and Anne Hathaway celebrate on stage after the 83rd annual Academy Awards. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

Sure, you can read all about the best dresses and the worst hosts, but to really get behind the scenes of the mayhem that is the Oscars, you need to read the two stories The Post's Dan Zak brought back from the crazy romp that is Los Angeles during Oscars weekend.

First, the gossip one. What's it like inside Vanity Fair's Oscars Party?

Think "Inception," but more bewildering. It's a madhouse, a funhouse of mirrors and topiary, a wax museum come to life, a half-dozen tax brackets and Zip codes away from a really good frat party, where the drinking game is How Many Flutes of Moet Does It Take To Work up the Nerve to Pet Donald Trump's Hair?

Answer: 1.5. (It feels like corn silk.)

Then the erudite one. A documentary filmmaker from Dupont Circle, Carie Lemack -- "whose life's work hinges on profound loss -- has been grappling with excess, with a community that blots out the ugliness of the world by showering itself with gifts and trying on dresses until everything feels good and fits right," Zak writes.

Lemack came to Los Angeles to see her film "Killing in the Name," vie for Best Short Documentary Film, but she came without a dress and without much of a clue as to how to navigate the madness that is award season's biggest night.

The bestowers of swag make small talk, and she tells them her story. A short documentary she executive-produced is nominated for an Oscar. It's about terrorism. Her mother was aboard American Airlines Flight 11, which was piloted into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

"Oh," says a chocolatier, after hearing some of her personal history. She hands Lemack an Oscar made of fudge. "Oh."

Read the Oscar highs and Oscar lows here.

By Melissa Bell  | February 28, 2011; 2:10 PM ET
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