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♪ ♪ welcome back, everybody. of course, it is "insomniac theater" time, but a special edition because it's the monday after the big oscars. we're on the "world news now" red carpet to talk about the results of our very little own competition here as we tried to pick the winners last night. >> not so little for whoever wins or loses this bet. there was something on the line.
for one day the winner will live the life of a hollywood movie star. if i win, rob will be my nanny and babysit my twins. >> your 4-month-olds. >> 4-month-olds. >> and if i win, peggy has to be my chauffeur for a day and drive me around like a movie star. first we take a look at oscars big winners and we'll start with best supporting actress. peggy and i both agree, melissa leo would win, and, bam, we were right on the money. she won her first oscar. the evening's first bleeped moment when she cursed in her acceptance speech. she dropped the f-bomb. >> what was that? >> a weird, awkward moment. she did a great job in the movie. playing mark wahlberg and christian bale's mother. first big winner of the night. some people did hear that
f-bomb. >> can you imagine sitting there with your fourth grader, sorry about that? speaking of christian bale, let's take a look at next category, best supporting actor. there was no doubt in either of our minds who would win this award. we both went with "the fighter's" christian bale and once again we nailed that. bale won for his portrayal of dickle e the troubled boxer. "the fighter" knocks out the competition. >> best performance by an actress in a leading role. a lot of amazing competition in this category but great minds think alike. we went with everyone's pick for this, a no-brainer, natalie portman for her role in "the black swan" and the winner, natalie portman. she was the heavy favorite for her portrayal as a delusional ballerina. the very pregnant actress' first oscar. she looked good in the violet gown. we're both 3-0. >> i love how her soon-to-be husband and choreographer escorted her up the stairs. >> nice moment for her. >> well done. speaking of looking good, here are the nominees for the next category. colin firth was heavy favorite
for "the king's speech." was there an upset? no. best performance by an actor went to, none other, colin firth. the king was in the house "the king's speech." would this be the best award of the night? he gave a great speech. >> congratulations. just li and the pwen cebk ad cf1o was there an upset? no. best performance by an actor went to, none other, colin firth. the king was in the house "the king's speech." would this be the best award of the night? he gave a great speech. >> congratulations. just like the oscars and on the biggest award, big picture, ten great movies to pick from and i went with the story behind facebook's origins, i'm a facebook addict. the social network. my favorite movie of the year by far. >> when it came down to best motion picture, i knew it could only go one way "the king's speech," and once again i was right. "king's speech" was crowned best movie.
you know what that means? two diapers, changing them at the same time, all you. >> i'll be babysitting the kids. i have to learn how to change diapers. congratulations. i mean that from the bottom of my heart. >> we'll capture this on tape. you'll see him in action taking care of twins. >> more "world news now" coming up now. congratulations. "world news now" coming up now. congratulations.
welcome back, everyone. while it's practically been forgotten by recent generations, back in the 1950s polio was a disease the entire country feared. >> some parts of the world the fear of polio still exists. do we now have a chance to finally wipe it out? dr. richard besser reports. >> reporter: it was once every parent's nightmare in the 1950s when the polio virus gripped
american lives. children, paralyzed without warning. some living in iron lungs just to be able to breathe. >> 1955, a major medical hurdle was crossed. >> reporter: today 99% of the globe is polio-free. but this hospital ward in india is still full of victims. >> this leg was about 3 inches shorter than that one? >> yes. >> reporter: you'll inject bone marrow -- to strengthen that bone. >> yes. it still lurks in hidden reservoirs, spreading silently and quickly through water. the new massive push to vaccinate could finally banish polio from this earth. this may be why. the dogged dedication of people like dr. jafri who runs a polio eradication in india, where there have been more cases in the last decade than anywhere else in the world. during my visit we got word of a child with sudden paralysis. every case must be investigated. so we set out to examine why 2-year-old samir could no longer move his legs. could it be polio? looking to see if he supports any weight. >> that's right. see if he can support his weight. he's not. >> reporter: his grandmother tells us, he used to walk and play. but he can no longer even stand. he could be in some trouble? >> that's right.
>> reporter: if this were polio, 2 million children in this area might need to be vaccinated? >> absolutely. >> reporter: here's where it crier wit3 arto reach children there who need it most. u.s. tay, but it'sy a plane flight away. >> reporter: his grandmother tells us, he used to walk and play. but he can no longer even stand. he could be in some trouble? >> that's right. >> reporter: if this were polio, 2 million children in this area might need to be vaccinated? >> absolutely. >> reporter: here's where it starts, in the morning before the sun rises, these health workers are loading vaccine into carriers with ice packs. more than 2 million health workers vaccinate children under 5 on buses, on streets, schools, or by going house to house to house. marking the door of each home they visit so there's no chance any child is missed. the key to wiping out polio is to vaccinate children wherever they may be. here they vaccinate children during the few minutes this train is in the station. despite massive efforts in india, war and political strife
in pakistan make it hard to reach children there who need it most. polio may not be seen in the u.s. today, but it's only a plane flight away. >> it does not take much for the virus to get to another continent. if it finds a pool of unimmunized children, it will spread. >> reporter: why did you vaccinate your children? she tells me she worries about polio and she should. until polio is wiped out everywhere, her children and ours remain at risk. dr. richard besser, abc news, india. >> literally, there's a worldwide vaccination campaign, $9 billion has been spent. largely it's worked. in some countries because of other conditions it can crop back up. >> bill gates very involved in that, too. spending a lot on vaccinations. ions.at's what it takes. >> that's what it takes. >> that's what it takes. if your racing thoughts keep you awake...
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♪ amazing story here. this one is kind of crazy. when the subject of our next story grows up, she'll have an incredible story to tell. get this. a little baby girl crawled into a bank vault and got stuck there for hours. >> who was babysitting? were you babysitting that baby? >> no, no. >> who's in charge of that child? when they finally figured out where that baby was, next came the challenge of getting her out. here's jeremy hubbard. >> reporter: it could be the script for a hollywood heist if the star of this drama wasn't just 14 months old. a little girl setting off a frantic rescue effort when during a visit with her grandma, who works at this suburban
atlanta bank she gets a little too curious. >> we're in closedown this evening, customers had left the bank, toddler walked off and walked into the vault just about the time the vault closed with its time lock. >> reporter: what comes next is a desperate attempt to free her. the vault doors aren't set to unlock until the next morning. there's only a nine-hour supply of oxygen in there. >> we want to make sure the toddler's safe, okay? that was the most important thing. >> reporter: with rescuers powerless to help, they called in a professional safecracker. he gets people out of jams like this for a living. police give him a high-speed escort to the scene. >> she was crying before i got to her. she was scared because of the drilling noise and all that. once i heard her crying, i knew everything was okay. >> reporter: he works for three hours while rescue workers manage to finally pump in fresh air through the vents and then with the help of a very large
drill, he breaks through the door and disables the lock. the little girl is finally free. >> she -- i think she cried for a while. when they went in there, she was just laying there. this is one of those -- this is a happy ending. it's nice to have one of these. >> reporter: this curious girl was carried away by her mom who probably won't be letting her walk anywhere alone any time soon. jeremy hubbard, abc news, new york. >> oh, that's -- >> a new mom that has to freak out. >> that's very scary. you know the child is so scared and doesn't know what's going on. not to mention, as jeremy mentioned, the child needed a fresh diaper. >> i can imagine after a few hours in there, the grandmother works at the bank which is why the baby was there. scary moments for that kid. >> think about that safecracker, who's able to get in there and get the baby out. i mean, they really went on quite the search trying to find somebody to help them. >> that guy's a hero. he and his very large drill, as jeremy reported. good going, guys. keep an eye on those little babies.
this morning on "world news now," sons of gadhafi. their candid and frightening comments as their father's dictatorship in libya may soon end. >> their threats and surprising remarks in an abc news exclusive interview. it's monday, february 28th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everyone. i'm peggy bunker. >> i'm rob nelson. the gadhafi brothers' comments come as opposition forces move even closer to libya's capital. we get a rare look inside the embattled country and this ruler's family. interesting interview. the son saying, show me evidence civilians have been killed. denying what's happening out there, according to the media, and saying, my dad is not leaving. he's there to say. >> they're not going anywhere. that's what they're saying.
also coming up, what addiction experts are saying about charlie sheen. just before his one-on-one interview on "good morning america" and "20/20," we asked him point-blank if he's on drugs. >> increased speculation whether "two and a half men" will come back to the air at all. we'll see what charlie has to say. on top of all that, it's monday after the oscar night excitement, from the red carpet to the actual awards, who looked good and who -- >> who not so much. >> jennifer looked good. >> she looked good. >> that was not an example of the worst dressed. >> no, we'll talk about worst and best dressed. that's coming up. we begin with moammar gadhafi's desperate attempt to hold on to his 40 years of power. his sons are defending their father saying he's never done anything wrong and will never give up. >> they spoke exclusively to abc's christiane amanpour who now reports from tripoli. >> reporter: in tripoli, the colonel remains in control of his capital. in exclusive interviews his sons tell me their father will never
leave despite president obama's call for him to do so. >> first of all, it's not america's business. second, do they think this is a solution? >> reporter: that's saif al islam, one of his father's closest political advisers. what is your plan? >> listen, nobody is leaving this country. we live here. we die here. this is our country. the libyans are our people. and for myself, i believe that i am doing the right thing. >> reporter: his younger brother saadi, a former professional soccer player, spends most of his time outside libya, but now he and the rest of the family face new sanctions that include a freeze on their assets and a ban on travel. so, what's in your immediate plans if you can't travel? >> i'll hire a lawyer. i have some hobbies after i quit football. i have some hobbies like i do some hunting, i do safari. so, libya, there's no safari -- i got to go safari. i've got to hire a lawyer. >> reporter: you've got to get out of libya? >> i would like to live normal. >> reporter: the people here say they would like to live normally. they want normal freedoms, they want a normal life, and they
haven't had it. >> no, they are -- they have. >> reporter: you think so? >> the people -- everybody wants more. >> reporter: allegations that colonel gadhafi launched air strikes against his own people have inflamed international tensions. saif al islam vehemently denies it. >> the most important issue for us is show me a single evidence that the libyan army or libyan government bombed civilians and demonstrations and using air force and bombs or artillery or helicopters or whatever. i challenge the whole international community, give me a single evidence. >> reporter: and with the gadhafis still holding onto tripoli, libyan army special brigades with tanks have thrown
up a ring of steel around the capital, but just 40 miles to the west one of the towns is partly held by the opposition. christiane amanpour, abc news, tripoli, libya. >> opposition forces are closing in on the capital of tripoli. they celebrated victory yesterday in the streets of zawiyah, just 30 miles away. hundreds of anti-government forces are backed by military defectors preparing for an expected battle with pro-gadhafi troops. at least six checkpoints controlled by those loyal troops stand on the road from tripoli to zawiyah. >> secretary of state clinton has arrived in geneva. for some high-level talks about libya. ahead of that trip, clinton says the administration is ready to, offer, quote, any type of assistance for libyans looking to oust gadhafi. she warned other african nations against letting mercenaries go to the aid of the long-time dictator. the new leader of tunisia is calling for calm after days of protest in that north african country. at least five people have died in violent anti-government demonstrations since friday. the long-time prime minister announced on sunday he would resign in an effort to stabilize the country. house speaker john boehner says unless there are spending cuts, his republicans will not
agree to a budget extension. the federal government runs out of money friday and portions of the government will shut down. parks and museums will close, tax refunds may be delayed and thousands of workers will be furloughed. members of congress, not them, they are considered essential personnel. smoke from the wildfires in the texas panhandle is now being blamed for an eight-car pileup on a busy highway and left a 5-year-old boy dead. about 20 homes have burned in the amarillo area as two fires have merged. fires in other parts of the panhandle and south plains are forcing some evacuations. strong winds are fanning those flames. a public housing project in atlanta came down with a bang. take a look at that. the implosion of the roosevelt house took about 15 seconds in total.
it was packed full of 150 pounds of explosives. the implosion attracted a crowd of onlookers. as you can imagine. atlanta was the first city to construct huge housing complexes for the disadvantaged. and the roosevelt house was one of the last. it's impressive how they engineer those collapses to implode inwards. >> people flock to it. people love to watch stuff blow up and crumble. >> it's impressive. now to hollywood's biggest night, the academy awards. this year, new younger hosts but not a lot of surprises. >> how did your favorites do? diana alvear joins us from the red carpet. good morning. what's the buzz in hollywood? >> reporter: oh, my goodness. it has been so much fun standing here because it's basically celebrity boulevard right behind me. we've seen everybody and anybody walking out. they've got those amazing oscar statues. so fun. let me tell you, tonight it's all hail the king because it was triumphant for "the king's speech" and won the most coveted award, best picture. >> can i stay here until matt damon comes back? >> no.
>> reporter: proving they were the perfect picks to host, anne hathaway and james franco opened with a virtual reality romp with scenes in several films nominated for best picture. they scored lots of applause but the biggest laughs went to franco's grandmother. >> i just saw marky mark. >> reporter: the first big award of the night, best supporting actress was announced by a mischievous kirk douglas. melissa leo scored for her role in "the fighter". >> when i watched kate two years ago it looked so [ bleep ] easy. oops. >> reporter: also scoring his first oscar, her co-star christian bale. >> i'm not going to drop the f-bomb. >> reporter: he thanked the real life dickey ecklund for his award. best director was a royal triumph, tom hooper for "the king's speech." >> thank you to my wonderful actors. the triangle of man love, colin firth, geoffrey rush and me. helena, i hope that reference
doesn't make you too jealous. >> reporter: in another expected win, best actress went to natalie portman for "black swan." >> i want to thank my parents who are right there, first and foremost, for giving me my life. >> reporter: the award for best actor went to colin firth for "the king's speech," his second nomination in a row. >> livia for putting up with my fleeting illusions of royalty. >> reporter: best picture went to "king's speech." an interesting side note i heard from an industry insider they were saying it was the little movie that could because it was almost not made. harvey weinstein said, oscar gold for sure, and he was right. >> he has a knack for that sort of thing. >> he does. >> everybody's talking about the fashions. we just saw sandra bullock looking beautiful in red, coming full circle from her big debacle last year. who are you wearing this evening? >> reporter: why, thank you for
asking, peggy. i have this lovely gown from aden maddox. oh, yeah, we're giving you the pan, the pan. i felt really short compared to some of those taller beauties like nicole kidman. >> very nice. >> reporter: let me point out the bling, exclusive designs by michael b. yeah, it's been a really fun night for me because i've never felt this pretty. >> you look gorgeous. >> you always look good. this obviously had to be a tough assignment. although you had a good time. i'm happy for you. thanks for that report. >> very cool. she looks good. here's a look at your weather. very windy here in -- not here but in the southeast. the gusts could reach 80 miles an hour and whip up tornadoes today. strong storms as far north as philly. heavy rain along the eastern great lakes, snow in new england and rain in the pacific northwest. >> no shocker there. milder temperatures across the east. we're looking at 77 in atlanta. 54 in new york. 37 in kansas city. 60 in colorado. warming up in the west but still below normal. 57 in sacramento.
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welcome back. charlie sheen's latest tantrum could cost cbs and warner brothers up to a quarter billion, that's right, billion dollars. last week the two companies decided to stop production of sheen's hit comedy "two and a half men" and "new york times" reports lost revenue could cost $250 million. but cbs could recover some of that by scheduling a replacement show. meanwhile, sheen tells tmz he is shopping a tell-all book revealing behind the scenes details about his show and he wants a publisher to pay him 10 million bucks. >> it's kind of watching just this slow motion demise in front of your face. the entertainment world could not stop talking about this and this fallout over "two and a half men." >> and sheen sat down with abc news to tell the world his side of the story. here's jeremy hubbard with the latest in what sheen is calling a war. >> a little window into old charlie, huh? >> reporter: charlie sheen continues to lash out in his latest rant on fox radio he
railed on his own hit show. >> i don't know. this puke fest that everybody worships. i'm like, wow, that was on a bad joke. >> reporter: and the bosses that told him to clean up his act. >> you know, these guys are a couple of aa nazis. really just blatant hypocrites. >> reporter: he denied to "good morning america" being an anti-semite after mockingly referring to "two and a half men's" create chuck lorre by his hebrew name. >> it's nothing this side of deplorable that a certain chaim levine, yeah, that's chuck's real name, mistook his rock star for his own exit strategy. >> reporter: in a text message to andrea canning said, you're telling me, any time someone calls me carlos esteves, i can claim they are anti-latino? he insists he's not using drugs and willing to be tested. >> they want hair, blood, [ bleep ], sorry, enamel. whatever. it's all good. >> it's textbook addict denial on steroids is what it is because he's coming out so forcefully.
he's not simply saying, i don't think i have a problem. he's basically saying, all of you are stupid and i can do this myself. see, i've already done it. all the time it seems like he's still engaged in using drugs. >> reporter: psychologist and author of "seven tools to beat addiction" says sheen clearly feels attacked by the producers trying to help. >> it doesn't do well to clash with people to get them to change. and he's feeling attacked, obviously. he's attacking in return. it makes for good media but it's not good therapy. ordinarily good therapy involves trying to find some way of making a bridge to the person. not attacking and fighting with them. >> reporter: building bridges may be easier said than done after they were publicly scorched this week. one publicist told us the damage to sheen's bosses, coworkers, some of the people closest to him, may be irreparable. jeremy hubbard, abc news, new york. >> this morning you can catch an interview on "good morning america" and tomorrow on "20/20." we sat down with charlie sheen to talk about all that's going on.
take a listen. >> all these radio rants have people thinking, charlie sheen is -- has got to be on drugs. >> sure, yeah. yeah, i am on a drug. it's called charlie sheen. it's not available because if you try it once, you will die. your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body. too much. so, it's -- yeah, no, it's just -- again, i woke up and decided, you know, i've been kicked around, i've been criticized, i've been the aw shucks guy with this rock star life and i'm finally going to completely embrace it, wrap both arms around it and love it violently and defend it violently through violent hatred. >> and that interview with charlie will be tuesday night on "20/20" at 10:00 eastern time. you get a taste coming up this morning on "good morning america." >> talking to andrea canning. you can make your own assessments from that clip. it will be interesting to see what else he has to say. >> no kidding. when we return, what were they wearing?
♪ skinny so skinny >> now, who's not excited to talk about this? all the oscar fashions. you woke up this morning and said, let's go. >> raring to go. i couldn't wait. >> time to get straight to it. if you watched the oscars, you know some people busted out great outfits, some not so much. let's talk about the best dressed. let's start out on a high note here. take a look at mila kunis and natalie portman. you have to admit, both from "black swan." natalie portman expecting and pulls it off beautifully. >> nice colors. they really look good. >> purple was a big theme throughout the night. a lot of actresses out there in purple. it was pretty hot on the red carpet. these two, cate blanchett we're finding out here, very controversial. take a look at jennifer hudson. an 80-pound weight loss pulling it off in this stunner of a dress. i thought she looked gorgeous. >> some people did not like blanchett's dress. one woman on facebook said, she looked like an apron over a
pinafore. as one who sews and does fancy embroidery, i appreciate the beautiful handiwork but the dress was hideous. >> one of those definitely -- it's all subjective, fashion. let's talk about the worst dressed. we have to bring up helena bonham carter, a guarantee every single year. >> always is. >> she's showing off the union jack on her leg. i don't know what that is, tattoo, sticker. >> who cares. >> marisa tomei in the middle there. she's had this dress in her closet, she said, for years. finally figured out an occasion to bust it out. here's the controversial worst dressed. what is this apron thing on nicole kidman. usually a great dresser. >> that is kind of weird. >> what was that thing? >> i don't get that. i am no fashion critic but that's weird to me. robin roberts looked great. >> she looked great. >> the arms were buffed, looking great. robin, great job on the red carpet. beautiful night in hollywood. in case you're wondering, me, myself, i'm wearing tj maxx. me,
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. a presidential task force looking into gulf oil disasters environmental impact will meet today in new orleans. they're reviewing strategies to rebuild the coastal ecosystem since last spring's historic oil spill. pro union protesters in madison, wisconsin, are claiming victory this morning. police did not force them to leave the state capital. most demonstrators refused to leave over plans to cut state union employee benefits. "discovery" astronauts begin the first of two spacewalks today. one crew member will capture space air in a capsule and bring it down to earth where it will be seen in children's museums worldwide. >> pretty cool. we like that. finally when new zealand was struck last week by a devastating earthquake, thousands of lives were shaken
to the core. >> for one couple the quake almost ruined their wedding. but even after the bride-to-be was rescued from a collapsed building, she went on with her big day. with more on that here's abby boudreau. >> reporter: it was a massive tragedy. a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that destroyed hundreds of buildings and trapped beneath the rubble of her office building, emma howard, just four days before getting married. >> i thought, when they try to get us out, we're going to get crushed or they try to rescue, something will move and get crushed. >> reporter: her fiancee rushed to the scene and then he got a text message from emma. >> saying, i'm here, i'm okay. i love you very much. incredible. >> reporter: he quickly texted her back, trying to reassure her. >> his message said, i'm with your parents. i love you. there are lots of men trying to get you out. >> reporter: trapped with co-workers, she worried about her wedding. >> i just assumed we wouldn't be
getting married. everybody was determined we were still getting married. i was like, okay. >> reporter: chris dug through the rubble, looking for her, pulling others to safety. then after six terrifying hours, emma was rescued. she snapped these photof t and emerged with only a few scratches. once free, a dramatic reunion. >> i could see chris running and i wasn't listening. i never spoke, but i remember thinking, just look at chris. he's coming. >> reporter: undeterred, the couple decided to move forward with their wedding, with some adjustments. the groom and groomsmen suits couldn't make it so they borrowed some. the wedding cake was never finished amid the chaos. four days after fearing they were forever separated, there was this. >> a sign of hope amid the rubble. abby boudreau, abc news. >> that's a great story. >> that's love. >> unbelievable. certainly is.3q
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