Why Brangelina Blew Off The Oscars

Angelina Jolie, 31, has no time for double-stick tape and a pair of Spanx on Sunday night. The Goodwill Ambassador blew off the Oscars to travel to Africa where she immediately got down and dirty in the mud of a refugee campsite. As the couple prepare to adopt a Vietnamese child (a source tells Us they're already on the hunt for new help to take care of the newborn), Jolie, 31, jetted off to the African nation of Chad on February 25 to visit with Sudanese refugees. "She wants to galvanize action to end the horrors these people are living through," International Crisis Group's John Prendergast (who's worked with the actress before) tells Us. Meanwhile, Pitt, 43, played Mr. Mom to the couple's three children (Maddox, 5, Zahara, 2, and Shiloh, 9 months) back at their New Orleans mansion over the weekend -- but had to leave them with the nannies for a brief trip to L.A. on February 25. Across town at the Oscars, the actor's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button costar Cate Blanchett told Us she doesn't consider playdates between her and Pitt's children a perk of the job: "That's just called life."

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