Stars, Photogs Rip Red-Carpet Restrictions

Academy uses back entrance to boost ratings
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2009 10:02 AM CST

Not everyone walked the red carpet at last night’s Oscars, and photographers were none too pleased, Variety reports. The Academy asked some stars to enter out of cameras’ reach, to keep fashion choices a secret until the telecast—in an attempt to boost ratings. Some celebs, including Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Alba, complied; others, including Kevin Kline and Miley Cyrus, refused (click the image to the left to see who didn't).

“Magazines want photos from the red carpet—the stars have spent hours getting ready and they’re prepared to pose,” said one photographer. “We sell these photos all year. This is a disaster both for us and for the designers who want their dresses seen at the Oscars.” (More Oscars stories.)

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