Once the Oscars had all been handed out, it was time to party in Hollywood. EW made the rounds last night at the Governors Ball and other events around town. Read to find out who was partying into the wee hours!
Immediately following the Oscar ceremony, stars flocked upstairs to the Governors Ball. Catered for the last 19 years by Wolfgang Puck, stars ate delicacies like smoked salmon and caviar on Oscar-shaped crackers, chicken pot pie with black truffles, and chocolate soufflé with espresso ice. Attendees were treated to the sounds of crooner and pianist Michael Feinstein, who played Broadway and movie classics – quite in keeping with the music theme of the ceremony itself.
Around the room, celebs hobnobbed and drank champagne. Les Miserables Best Actor nominee Hugh Jackman and his wife sat near the stage with his family, in from Australia for the occasion. Said Jackman of being on stage earlier in the night: “It was an unbelievably fun experience to perform at the Oscars — and so much more relaxing not to have to host.”
Barbra Streisand managed to pull Adele into her half-moon shaped booth and the two divas appeared to have a heart to heart. James Brolin and Streisand buddy designer Donna Karan were about five feet away, talking to others. Oscars executive producer Neil Meron said of Streisand’s performance: “That was one of the first things we did after we got the job … book Barbra.”
Charlize Theron and her date stuck close to Joseph Gordon Levitt at the ball. Levitt, who danced with Seth MacFarlane and Daniel Radcliffe in the show’s opening number, said he loved MacFarlane as host, calling the performance “smart and funny.”
People rushed Jennifer Lawrence as she came into the room, and her dad, who trailed her, was so jubilant he exclaimed, “I feel like I need to hug someone!” So he hugged a young girl standing nearby. He followed his daughter through the ball, carrying her Oscar.
Silver Linings Playbook Best Supporting Actress nominee Jacki Weaver was about to begin a conversation with someone when up walked Anne Hathaway, sans her Oscar. “I don’t know you well, but I love your work,” Hathaway told Weaver. She then asked how long Weaver was going to be in town and said that she wants to do something with her. Could they meet? Weaver said yes. Hathaway jumped and said, “Yeah!” and then kissed Weaver’s hand.
In the elevator on his way out, Christoph Waltz was asked if he wanted a little Oscar to go along with his big Oscar. (Puck made little miniature chocolate Oscars, covered in edible gold). Waltz replied, “I have two in my pocket already.”
EW’s sister publication, InStyle, held their annual Oscar Viewing party at Boa on the Sunset Strip. The fete brought out stars like Erika Christensen, Peter Facinelli, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and L.A. Clippers player Deandre Jordan.
After making it through the awards season gauntlet, many of the fashion stylists, publicists and other behind-the-scenes people finally got a chance to kick back and relax while watching the ceremony. The party is known for the massive dinner buffet and candy table. It’s meant to be a low-key affair, and many guests typically head to the Vanity Fair party (just a few blocks down Sunset) after the show ends.
At the Twentieth Century Fox/ Fox Searchlight viewing party and after party at Lure nightclub, celebs and execs danced the night away to DJ jams after the Oscar ceremony was over. Dessert trays lined the entrance late into the night and Quvenzhane Wallis was the belle of the ball — clearly up way past her bedtime — in her sparkly blue Armani Junior dress. She was escorted to the reserved area, but made her way out and danced up a storm by the bar to Michael Jackson and Icona Pop. Beasts of the Southern Wild director Benh Zeitlin was also in attendance, chatting with Fox execs and others. Later, Ang Lee and Life of Pi cinematographer Claudio Miranda swung by the affair.
The most hipster event of the night — no food, and $3 Miller High Life as the drink of choice — was the Unofficial Court 13 gathering at Monty’s in downtown LA. The dive bar hosted the Beasts of the Southern Wild crew, including Zeitlin who’d shed his tie after the Fox party.
– Reporting by Lindsey Bahr, Bronwyn Barnes, Laura Hertzfeld, Jeff Jensen, and Lynette Rice