(USA TODAY) -- It helps to know the host: Everyone on the Oscar red carpetknows the deal: be sure to talk up whoever dressed you. That rule evensextends to host Seth MacFarlane's dad, Ron. "This was a birthday presentfrom my daughter," he told USA TODAY, (Should a breeze blow down thered carpet and up that kilt, you might just get a glimpse of his Family Guyunderwear.) pointing to his kilt. Asked what kind of sets thefirst-time Oscar emcee had scored, MacFarlane's sister Rachel replied,"We have curiously good seats, Robert Downey Jr.-level seatage."

Robin Roberts, ready to go: The Good Morning America hostonly returned to the anchor desk a few days ago following her bonemarrow transplant, but that didn't stop her from flying cross-country toattend the Oscars and make a couple predictions. She believes AnneHathaway will win supporting actress and hopes that best pictureunderdog Life of Pi pulls off the win. On her way into the theater, she runs into Jimmy Kimmel Live security guard/sidekick Guillermo Diaz, decked out in a glittering gold jacket. "You look like an Oscar," she tells him.

You call that Oscar food?When Wolfgang Puck stopped to talk to the Kimmel crew, Diaz presentedthe chef with a brown bag lunch. Unimpressed, he dumped its contents(including crackers, applesauce and Lunchables) on the ground, heinstructed Diaz, "Tell Jimmy to give you more money so you can come eatin our restarurant and get some good food."

Somebody show him how to tie a bowtie: Benh Zeitlin, a directing nominee for Beasts of the Southern Wild isbreathing a sigh of relief, glad to be at the awards season's "finishline." But Oscar day was not without its challenges: he spent a goodportion of the day "trying to figure out how to tie a bowtie. I watchedabout 12 YouTube videos before I finally figured it out."