LOS ANGELES (AP) — When "Whiplash" star Miles Teller stepped onto the Oscar stage for the first time, his face said it all. The 27-year-old actor wasn't slack-jawed, but clearly awed.
"Sweet," he said to himself while gazing out at the superstar names on the seat-saving placards inside the Dolby Theatre.
"I'm just soaking it all in, man," Teller told a stage manager.
Kerry Washington, on the other hand, approached her rehearsal like an old pro. Though she arrived in casual jeans, a striped T-shirt and flats, she toted her show-day shoes in a pink shopping bag and put them on before stepping out onstage.
"My shoes are in this bag," she told a stage manager, then paused to swap her flats for the heels.
"They might be being dyed or not," she said. "Who knows?"
Wearing the strappy white shoes, she opened a prop envelope and presented a prop Oscar.
The rehearsal actor who accepted the award exclaimed, "I just got kissed by Olivia Pope!"
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