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Locked out of the televised show after arriving late, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – who was up for best actress for A Might Heart – killed time by... kissing! After being ushered to their table during a commercial break, Pitt and Jolie (in Dolce amp Gabbana) continue to make the most of their date by staying cozy all night.
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Later in the evening, the couple show off their social skills, greeting friends like Queen Latifah, who won a best ensemble award for Hairspray, and George Clooney, who was up for best actor for Michael Clayton.
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Hairspray best ensemble winners Brittany Snow and Amanda Bynes show off a pretty palette of colors. The Narciso Rodriguez-clad Bynes tells PEOPLE she had a hard time finding a dress for the event because "a lot of the gowns can make me feel like I’m 80. I wanted to look 21 and feel it."
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Daniel Day-Lewis – conservatively dressed for two events in a row! – chats up presenter Marcia Gay Harden backstage. Day-Lewis was named the best actor for There Will Be Blood.
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Old friends from the Ocean's trilogy, Casey Affleck and Don Cheadle, roughhouse at their table – dangerously close to a glass of champagne! Affleck was a supporting actor nominee for ; Cheadle was given the inaugural Joel Siegel Award, which honors those whose work "contributes to the good of humanity."
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Dishing about designers? The Diane von Furstenberg-clad Allison Janney and presenter Kyra Sedgwick, in Oscar de la Renta, compare notes backstage at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Janney had a big night – she was part of the winning Hairspray ensemble and appeared in best comedy Juno.
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After winning for his supporting role in No Country for Old Men, Javier Bardem – with best director nominee Sean Penn, who helmed Into the Wild – tells PEOPLE he was celebrating by "getting drunk."
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THE NEXT GENERATION
George Clooney takes rising star Emile Hirsch (a best actor nominee for Into the Wild) under his wing backstage. Like Clooney, Hirsch will tackle a political film – Milk, about assassinated official Harvey Milk – after his action-adventure Speed Racer.