VANITY FAIR GALA
SUNSET TOWER HOTEL
Cameron Diaz (who changed into this Victoria Beckham dress) later dug into an In-N-Out Burger at the bash.
Maggie Gyllenhaal felt like dancing even without a statuette. “I wasn’t quite ready to win,” she said. “I hope there will be other chances.”
RUSSELL GETS ROMANTIC
Russell Brand showed a little love for his fiancee, Katy Perry.
Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm took a schmooze break with his girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt.
TAKING THE PLUNGE
Hilary Swank dared to bare in a slinky gown by Armani Prive.
“JENNIFER WAS EFFERVESCENT-SHE WAS CHATTING WITH EVERYBODY AND HAVING FUN”
THE GOVERNORS BALL
THE HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND CENTER
A PRECIOUS MOMENT
Their coordinating gowns were just coincidence, but for Gabourey Sidibe, hanging out with Oprah (in Carolina Herrera) “means that I just might be a movie star!”
“You took one for the team, baby!” Meryl Streep told Kathryn Bigelow, the first-ever female Best Director.
BOYS’ NIGHT OUT
ANNA’S BIG NIGHT
Anna Kendrick (with Sigourney Weaver) called her first Oscar night “unbelievable! Usually I’m on the couch eating the fattiest foods.”
MOMENT OF GLORY
Clutching his “heavy and lovely” statue, Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz declared, “I’m still in shock.”
CAN WE TALK?
Gerard Butler nabbed a spot next to Barbra Streisand. Also at the front-row table? John Travolta, who was inundated with well-wishers.
AIDS FOUNDATION PARTY
THE PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER
“I GOT READY IN AN HOUR AND A HALF-IT’S CRAZY, PEOPLE WHIPPING AROUND YOU DOING THEIR BUSINESS!”
–MAD MEN STAR CHRISTINA HENDRICKS
RAISE THE ROOF
How did Nicole Richie fire up fiance Joel Madden before his gig as Oscar deejay? “She gave me a kiss on the cheek and said, ‘Go get ’em,'” said Madden.
“She has been an idol of mine ever since I started watching television,” said Elton John of guest of honor Betty White.
He’s still acting coy about being engaged, but Simon Cowell “gazed adoringly” at girlfriend Mezhgan Hussainy, says a fellow partygoer.
“I’M FEELING DISBELIEF. I JUST WANT TO GO HOME AND BE SURROUNDED BY MY FAMILY-THAT WILL MAKE IT ALL THE MORE SPECIAL”