Step aside, Reese and George. The night’s megawatt stars were Rebecca, Robert, Michel and Costa—stuffed animals carried all night long by the French team that made March of the Penguins, winner of the Best Documentary Award. “Our distributor in Japan made them for us for good luck,” said producer Yves Darondeau.
In return, the penguins got to party into the wee hours with their human handlers at the Governors Ball (where they received a standing ovation), the Vanity Fair bash and the Beverly Hills Hotel. Accepting his Oscar, director Luc Jacquet had species protection in mind, mentioning 2041, the year the ban on Antarctic mining comes up for review. But the fluffy foursome needn’t worry. At evening’s end, Costa was seen leaving with a smitten Lauren Bacall. Now he and the others can kick back at home—though they’ll keep their tuxedos on, thank you.