Alec keeps schtum on Oscar choices
Alec Baldwin has been beset by questions about the Oscars since he signed up to co-host the show with Steve Martin.
The star was under orders not to discuss his preferences for the various awards at a warm-up event in the US.
But he said: "Everywhere I go, people say, 'So who do you like in the Oscars?'"
Alec did have one Oscar forecast: Expect wardrobe changes for himself and co-host Steve at the glittering film ceremony on March 7.
"It's a very metrosexualised kind of a show now," he joked.
The 51-year-old appeared at the Time Warner Centre in New York for a personal and wide-ranging conversation to an audience of 500, far less than the one billion who are said to watch the Oscars worldwide.
Alec, star of the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, was sceptical as to how such a number could be deduced but marvelled at the effective promotion.
"You could be a gas station attendant in New Mexico: 'The Oscars? They got a billion people watching the Oscars - a billion, ya know'," he said.
The event was ostensibly about Alec's history playing lawyers in films and his various work as an activist and he spoke passionately and at length about numerous issues, including nuclear power and family law. Asked whether he might one day pursue public office, Alec said: "Maybe. If I did that, it would be a whole other chapter in my life."