Winners also got their statuettes engraved with their names
on the first stop in a string of parties on Hollywood's biggest
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.
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"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.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy, editing by
Jill Serjeant) nL1N0M00M9
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