In the days leading up to the Oscars, stars by the dozens drifted through the Dolby Theatre to rehearse and greet old friends; it's always a little more fun before the TV cameras (and the pressure) are on

By Anthony Breznican
March 07, 2014 at 05:00 AM EST

Solo Act
Harrison Ford takes a break from practicing his intro of Best Picture contenders American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, and The Wolf of Wall Street to chat with Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the PR exec elected last year as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Calling Cardigan
Channing Tatum stands in front of a rose-decorated video backdrop while studying his lines about the “Team Oscar” contest, which selected six college-student filmmakers to carry statuettes during the broadcast. Tatum himself helped judge the short-film entries that determined the winners.

Golden Buddies
Angelina Jolie and Sidney Poitier share a laugh while walking through the presentation of the Directing award. The 86th Oscars marked the 50th anniversary of Poitier’s historic Best Actor win in 1964 for Lilies of the Field, the first time a black performer took home that prize. It wouldn’t happen again until 2002, when Denzel Washington won for Training Day.