The Academy Awards Red Carpet: The Women

While many of us were plopped down in front of our televisions watching the red carpet arrivals on E! or the TV Guide Channel, those lucky enough to score a spot in the grand stands along the Oscar red carpet, got a slightly more up close and personal view of the awards.

Jennifer Hudson passed and smiled warmly at the fans calling her name from the bleachers. Gwyneth Paltrow tilted her head and offered a regal wave. Will Smith dashed over the velvet rope to sign autographs for his admirers.

“This is why the wait is all worth while,” said Kyle Wilson, the 45-year-old woman from San Diego whom I’d spent the previous eight hours with on a hard wooden bench, waiting for the stars to arrive at the Kodak Theatre for this year’s Academy Awards.

For most people — the celebrities entering the theater, the reporters and photographers who would stalk them through the night and the viewers at home — the evening was just beginning.

Tons more photos of the women from the Academy Awards red carpet after the jump.

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