Borat-free Oscars?

Even though he did get an invite, the world's most accomplished intellectual-comedian-actor-writer-

filmmaker-interviewer, Sacha Baron Cohen, declined to be an Oscar presenter, the L.A. Times reports.

See, Sacha doesn't want to be himself - Sacha! - in front of millions of strangers. Maybe he doesn't love himself enough, since Sacha had told the award show's producers he'd only appear as Borat Sagdiyev, the sexiest nincompoop America has ever fallen in love with. Don't fret, you may yet get a dose of Borat: The dude's screenplay for Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan is nominated for best adapted screenplay.

Writer-actor duo create life

Amanda Peet

, the

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

star who almost always has a coquettish and very mischievous gleam in her eye, became a mom this week, giving birth Tuesday to a 6-pound, 10-ounce girl,

Frances Pen

. Dad is screenwriter

David Benioff

, who wed Peet in September, after a year's engagement.

Hot . . . hot . . . hot . . . hot . . . hot!

Adjectives used to describe the fabulous lineup of, um,

hot

musical acts who'll grace the

American Idol

stage this season. The hot performers include

Jennifer Lopez

,

Gwen Stefani

,

Diana Ross

,

Martina McBride

and

Jon Bon Jovi

. E!Online says rumors that

Michael Jackson

will make a cameo as part of his comeback campaign have yet to be confirmed.

Tyra's examination

In an episode of

The

Tyra Banks Show

set to air Tuesday,

Tyra Banks

felt up and around

Katherine McPhee

's chest area - at McPhee's insistence - to test the

American Idol

runner-up's claim she has never had a breast implant. Tyra was satisfied. The audience hollered and hooted.

Ricci: Never wanted stardom

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, super cool WeirdChick actress

Christina Ricci

, who made an almost-seamless transition from child actor to indie star, said she was lucky not to be trapped in the quagmire of drugs and booze that claims so many young stars. Ricci, whose early career performance in

The Addams Family

was revelatory, said she's been too busy with steady work to to mess up.

She said it's because of her "giant forehead" that she's never been more appealing to mainstream audiences: "There's not really a lot of value in foreheads. I mean, giant lips are sexy, but a giant forehead - there's not really much you can do with it."

A newly forged twosome?

Could it be true? Will

Terrence Howard

and

Naomi Campbell

finally come out into the open and admit they're going steady? Are they a couple? The New York Daily News says we'll find out Oscar night: Howard will reportedly have the Brit cell-phone-wielding hellion at his side at parties various and sundry after the Academy Awards wrap up.

Sex therapists have kids too!

What would it be like having a sex therapist as your mom? Ask 25-year-old

O.C.

star

Rachel Bilson

, who tells Your Look mag (via People, who excerpted the interview) her mother instinctively knew everything about her sex life and gave her great relationship advice.

"She knew the day after I lost my virginity," Bilson says. "Oh, yeah. She starting talking to me about sex. She said, 'It happened last night, didn't it?' "

Bilson, whose romance with costar Adam Brody, 27, died in December, said her mom's approach has been "weird, but helpful."

"She did the whole mom thing, of course: 'Use condoms,' etc."

Country stork report

People reports country star

Brad Paisley

and his wife, actress

Kimberly Williams-Paisley

, on Thursday introduced their first-born to the world. The boy has yet to be named.

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This column contains information from Inquirer wire services.