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Bridesmaids stars entertain at Oscars

The stars of Bridesmaids livened up last night's Academy Awards by telling rude jokes on stage.

Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig handed out the best short live-action film, which went to The Shore.

Before handing over the statue the two actresses mused on their feelings about short movies.

"Six beautiful, some say handsome, women were invited by the Academy not only to present three awards, but also to shatter the common belief that size does not matter," Kristen said.

"Ah, I hate to tell you guys this, but it kind of does."

Maya then interjected, taking the rude analogy even further.

"Yes, but not length," she deadpanned. "As my grandma used to say, 'It can be short and still make your toes curl.' And I believe in my heart my grandma wasn't referring to wieners but short films."

Kristen and Maya's co-stars in last year's comedy smash Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy also took to the stage.

The group of women famously presented an accolade at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards earlier this year, where they joked about playing drinking games. The stars explained they liked to challenge each other to drink alcohol whenever someone says "Scorsese" at an awards show.

This time round it seemed Rose and Melissa were taking things more seriously - although not for long.

"Documentaries shine a spotlight on the world around us," Rose said, as she prepared to hand the best short documentary prize to Saving Face.

Melissa added: "And in the case of the best documentary short subject, that line shines for only a short period of time, much like a moonbeam or shooting star or a flicker of a candle."

The two were then interrupted when someone bellowed, "Scorsese!" and they both stooped to down their drinks.

Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper handed out the best short animation gong to The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. The pair joked that the winner of the prize would have a stressful time ahead.

"In 1988, this award was presented to the great John Lasseter, who has since gone on to change the world of animation when he helped create Pixar," Ellie said.

"Yes, so technically every nominee in this category has been given the opportunity to live up to those standards, but no pressure, of course," Wendi added.

Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow also handed out a prize this year, and decided to play for laughs.

They presented the best documentary award to Undefeated, with Robert getting in character before taking to the stage.

While Gwyneth walked on first, Robert brought up the rear and was followed by a camera crew. He explained he was shooting a new documentary called The Presenter, and proceeded to interject whenever Gwyneth talked.

As he shouted, "Boring," at her, Gwyneth eventually replied: "What you're doing right now - this is disrespectful and disruptive and it's totally crazy."

Robert replied: "Look I turned down The Descendants to prep for this so I don't want to hear about that."

The Descendants won the best adapted screenplay prize last night, and was mentioned in other categories such as best actor and best picture.

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