Oscar parties: Inside the Governors Ball!


EW is inside the Academy’s official Oscar after-party, the Governors Ball. Keep checking back here for updates on all the A-list celebrating and schmoozing.

++ Bellying up to the bar to get a drink, 12 Years a Slave Best Supporting Actor nominee Michael Fassbender says he wasn’t surprised by the evening’s outcome. “In fact, tonight went exactly as I thought it would,” he says. “I should have been a bookie. I could have won some money. I haven’t congratulated Lupita yet. I was out taking a pee break so I missed her acceptance speech. But she doesn’t need me. She’s so happy already.”

++ Oscars co-producer Neil Meron explains the decision not to play any winners off the stage this year: “We went for the emotion.”

++ Pixar and Disney exec John Lasseter spotted carrying a pizza box into the party. He says that they haven’t yet started on the sequel for Frozen but they are hard at work on the musical adaptation.

++ At the Warner Bros. table, there is much celebrating over the 7 wins for Gravity. “I’m a little all over the place,” says the film’s Oscar-winning cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki. “I’m kind of numb. The adrenaline and the fear—all of it. Plus, I have to leave here soon. I’m shooting a tiny movie in the desert with Ewan McGregor. After us all being in space, we want to be back on land.”

++ The center of gravity shifts from Gravity to 12 Years a Slave as soon as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie enter the room. Cameras are everywhere. Fans are swarming. The attention is intense. Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley and Pitt pose for photos but Jolie keeps her back to the camera.

++ Oscars co-producer Craig Zadan says he’s operating on two hours of sleep.

++ Matthew McConaughey stops to get his Best Actor award engraved, while John Legend performs “Dancing in the Dark” live for the partygoers. Swarmed by well wishers, McConaughey is asked if he had worked out his acceptance speech ahead of time. “Nah, not really,” he says, then grabs his mother and takes off to the next party.

++ Lupita Nyong’o spotted sitting with her Best Supporting Actress Oscar and grabbing a quiet bite while checking her phone.

++ Cate Blanchett clutches three little chocolate Oscars in one hand and the big gold one in the other while Bette Milder lavishes her with paise. She poses for photos with Sally Hawkins, and the whole Sony team gathers around her for a celebratory photo. “I can’t even remember what I said,” she says of her acceptance speech.

A sea of Oscar statuettes filled the Governor's Ball on Sunday night as winners chatted, ate and celebrated with the film industry's elite at the official Academy Awards party.

Winners also got their statuettes engraved with their names on the first stop in a string of parties on Hollywood's biggest night.

The Governor's Ball, decked out with walls of curtains made from florals giving the effect of a midnight garden celebration, is hosted by the Oscars organizers.

Singer John Legend provided the entertainment, singing hits including "Ordinary People," while guests ate a gourmet meal by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.

An excited John Ridley, winner of best adapted screenplay for "12 Years a Slave," entered the party clutching his Oscar, which he said was "overwhelming and humbling."

"It's heavy, but heavy with the weight of a career and responsibility and history. It's a weight I never thought I would have in my hands," he said.

Ridley celebrated with the cast including Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch and producers of the film, which also took home best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o and the night's top prize for best picture.


Rising Kenyan star Nyong'o has been the toast of Hollywood this awards season and celebrated her win with her brother and mother Dorothy, who said she was "so happy" for her daughter.

Jonah Hill, accompanied by his mother, shared jokes with Julia Roberts, while Kate Hudson, clad in a cream Versace gown, chatted to Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Leonardo DiCaprio, whose "The Wolf of Wall Street" came away empty-handed at the Oscars, did a quick few rounds of the room before making a swift exit.

June Squibb, who was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar but lost out to Nyong'o, said she was just happy to be at the glitzy show and after party.

"I love every minute of it, I loved sitting there and just feeling like I'm part of it," she said.

Bette Midler, who performed for the first time in her decades-long career at the Academy Awards, said she had fun during her performances and was left a little emotional by it.

Mads Mikkelsen, who was nominated for best foreign film for "The Hunt" but lost out to Italy's "The Great Beauty," was in high spirits, saying "we're here to celebrate the winners and drink beers for the losers."

Steven Price, who won best original score for "Gravity," which took home a leading seven Academy Awards, said getting his Oscar engraved "was one of the most amazing things tonight."

"No one had any idea that the film would connect. We were never sure that a story about a 50-year-old woman in space with very little dialogue would be something that people would go see," Price said.

Elsewhere, pop star Lady Gaga, actress Naomi Watts and Robert De Niro were among the celebrities at the annual Vanity Fair party, while Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian and Heidi Klum turned out for Elton John's Hollywood Oscar event.

Jared Leto Photobombs Anne Hathaway at Vanity Fair Oscars Party 2014

Jared Leto jumps into the background of Anne Hathaway‘s red carpet pic, making quite the hilarious photobomb, at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter held after the 2014 Oscars on Sunday night (March 2) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The 31-year-old actress eventually figured out what was happening behind her and gave Jared a hug!

Jared had a lot to celebrate that night – he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work as Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club. Congrats, Jared!

FYI: Anne is wearing a custom Viktor & Rolf dress, Neil Lane jewels, Charlotte Olympia shoes, and a Roger Vivier clutch.



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