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Feb 25, 2008 at 01:31pm IST

Oscar gown gossip: What lies beneath

Los Angeles: The hottest accessory on this year's Oscar red carpet was carried beneath the designer gowns.

Nicole Kidman, Jessica Alba and most noticeably Cate Blanchett brought baby bumps to the Academy Awards. And though Angelina Jolie was nowhere to be found, her’s got a big shout-out from host Jon Stewart, who noted the number of actresses who are expecting.

“This is so exciting. The baby goes to ... Angelina Jolie,” Stewart said, opening a fake envelope as photos of Blanchett, Alba and Kidman flashed on the screen.

OH BABY! Cate Blanchett, most noticeably, brought a baby bump to the Academy Awards. (IBN)

“Angelina couldn't be with us tonight. It's tough to get 17 baby sitters on Oscar night,” he quipped.

Blanchett is closest to term for what will be a third child with playwright husband Andrew Upton. Kidman is expecting her first child with country singer husband Keith Urban; she has two adopted children with first husband Tom Cruise.

Alba, with fiancee Cash Warren at her side, was serene in a deep purple strapless gown with purple feathers decorating her bodice.

“I'm not really terribly nervous,” she said before the show. “Being pregnant is like taking a sedative.”

Jolie and partner Brad Pitt are expecting their second child together. They are the parents of one-year-old Shiloh, and three children adopted from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam. Their adopted children are Maddox, six; Pax, four; and Zahara, three.