Judi Dench: Steve Granitz/Wireimage.com
Noah Robischon
February 22, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Today they’re Oscar nominees, but on March 24 they’ll become the world’s worst audience. ”You try to behave like an adult and it’s impossible,” admits ”Ali”’s Jon Voight — who, as a four-time nominee and winner for 1978’s ”Coming Home,” is an expert attendee. ”We’re all thinking about…what’s my speech going to be.” That is, if they’re thinking at all: ”I’ll be the dazed, bald, fat man in the corner,” predicts ”Gosford Park” scribe Julian Fellowes.

For many, the night will be about losing gracefully — an art ”Monsters, Inc.” composer Randy Newman (nominated 16 times, never a winner) has mastered: ”I’ve gotten really good at standing up to let others pass.” Former winner Judi Dench (”Iris”) is already bracing for the worst: ”It will be a sitting-down evening for me.” But Tom Wilkinson (”In the Bedroom”) shows no such resignation: ”You need a nice British hooligan element to liven things up. We’ll start a few fights.”

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