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Posted at 9:25 AM ET, 02/22/2011

Oscars 2011: Your chance to ask questions, via Twitter, on the red carpet

By Jen Chaney

An oversized Oscar statuette, captured last year outside the Kodak Theatre.
(Photo by Jen Chaney)

There's something special about observing the Oscars in person.

The fashions, even the ones that get blasted on "Fashion Police," look more fabulous. The celebrities look more beautiful, but, at the same time, more attainable. Oh, and also skinnier. And the streets of Hollywood look, um, grungier and even more overpopulated with oddballs.

Yes, it's truly a special time. When I head to L.A. later this week for the annual movie-star-fawning ritual, and some of the pre-game events that go along with it, I'll do my best to capture as much of that experience as possible.

To that end, I'll be posting pictures and other anecdotes from Hollywood on Twitter, using the hashtag #oscarspotting. And I'll also be looking for contributions from you.

Specifically, if there's a great question you'd love to ask on the red carpet -- be it the red carpet at the Spirit Awards or the Oscars, be it a general question or one for a specific actor or filmmaker -- tweet it to me @celebritology, using that same #oscarspotting hash tag..

I'll collect the best questions and attempt to pose them over the weekend, when red carpet chatter rises from the mere ordinary to a zenith of inanity that's only appropriate for an event as important as the Academy Awards.

If for some reason, unlike Franco, you're not on Twitter, feel free to post suggested red carpet queries in the comments section of this blog post; I'll collect some from here as well.

Together, we can finally pose compelling and provocative questions that have nothing to do with who everyone is wearing.

By Jen Chaney  | February 22, 2011; 9:25 AM ET
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Just one question: Did you look in the mirror before you left the house?

Okay, one more: Do you own a brush?

I swear some of those stars think unbrushed hair makes them look glamorous.

Posted by: epjd | February 22, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Ohh, hooray! I will throw some questions up here tonight- thanks for giving us the option. I'm not on Twitter yet, but if James Franco keeps posting adorable pictures of himself napping with his cats, I may have to give in.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | February 25, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Okay, here we go.

To all: So this is a special occasion, but what's a normal Sunday night like for you? Or- if you weren't here now, where would you be?

To all: What would you *like* to be wearing right now? Jeans, a woolly scarf, pajama bottoms...

To all: Is there a role you've yet to perform that you'd really like to attempt?

To James Franco: What made you decide to join Twitter when you did? What are you hoping to get out of using the service?

To Anne Hathaway: How do you stay so ridiculously radiant? Is there some sort of cream I should be using?

Also to Anne Hathaway: How do you stay calm during a big event like this one?

To Mr. Clooney (natch): The referendum in South Sudan appears to have been a huge success. What needs to happen in order for the region to remain stable?

Also to Mr. Clooney: You've said that you try to use your fame as a way to focus attention on more important issues. What sort of concrete effects do you see from this increased attention?

Good luck, I hope everyone has fun!

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | February 27, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

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