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Guards deliver Oscars as stars deliver glamour

Snafus forgotten in glitz, giddiness of arrivals

Those naughty bandits of Oscar statuettes weren’t about to get a second chance Sunday night.

The dozens of Academy Awards trophies that junkman Willie Fulgear rescued from the trash last week arrived at the awards ceremony in a van surrounded by armed guards.

“We weren’t going to risk anything at this point,” Ric Robertson, the Academy’s exec administrator, said.

New or trashed?

Sunday’s Oscars were a mixture of the ones that were stolen and then recovered, and replacements that were quickly ordered after the first batch disappeared. It wasn’t clear which winners would be going home with the ones Fulgear pulled from the trash.

Meanwhile, the snafu over the missing statuettes was all but forgotten in the glitz and giddiness of the Oscar arrivals.

Following the lead of actress Jennifer Lopez, one of the “South Park” creators decided to let it almost all hang out.

Trey Parker, co-nominated for best original song with composer Marc Shaiman for “Blame Canada,” arrived at the Oscars wearing a green tropical-print, low-cut outfit that was the spitting image of the one Lopez stunned spectators with at last month’s Grammy awards.

No tape

“I was just blessed with a beautiful body and it hangs perfectly. I don’t use tape,” Parker said when asked the same thing everyone wondered of Lopez: How do you keep it in place?

As he spoke, he ran his hand from the top of his hairy chest to his navel, where the dress came together before opening again to reveal a pair of hairy legs.

Perhaps emboldened by Lopez, several other actresses — Salma Hayek, Chloe Sevigny and Cameron Diaz, among them — all flaunted their stuff with breathtaking cleavages.

For Michael Clarke Duncan and Lucy Liu, the roar of adulation from the star-struck crowd only made them want more.

From ‘Green’ to red

Duncan, nominated for his supporting role in “The Green Mile,” thundered up and down the red carpet, waving at fans and urging them to cheer even louder as his fellow celebrities paraded into the Shrine Auditorium.

Liu had a section of her fans cheering and screaming as she approached two young blond men wearing T-shirts reading “I Love Lucy.”

Tom Cruise, nominated as best supporting actor for “Magnolia,” said he was always a fan of the movies but not always of the Oscars.

“I actually never saw the Oscars until I became an actor,” he said.

Sandwiched in between Joan Rivers and Roger Ebert on the red carpet, “Boys Don’t Cry” helmer Kimberly Peirce held forth on her heady Hollywood success.

“You’re always concerned about budgets, but I’m going to do the next one just like I did on ‘Boys,’ ” she said, adding, “I’ll have final cut, casting approval. Only this time, we’ll have the resources.”

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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