Four hours is quite a long time to sit still in your seat, especially if you’re wearing a dress that just doesn’t give. So the second that Spotlight was announced as the Big Picture winner (the last award of the night) at the 88th Academy Awards, there was a giant explosion of confetti in the sky and suddenly, poof—everyone was gone—on their way to the Governors Ball, the official after-party of the Oscars, which just so happened to be right next door to the award show’s Dolby Theatre in L.A.
Suddenly the room was packed with stars, from a radiant Charlize Theron in a plunging red Dior dress to Leonardo DiCaprio, who shared a few special moments with his producers and cast members. “What a night!” Theron quipped as she mingled near the back of the room by the dance floor. “Whoops—the danger of the dress,” she said to someone who was standing on her Dior train. Meanwhile, Rachel McAdams also expressed difficulty getting through the crowd. “It’s sort of tough to walk in this dress and do anything else!” she said as she picked up her dress with one hand as to not step on it and held a glass of white wine in the other. “It’s a tough one!”
Posted at the engraving station, Best Actress winner Brie Larson clinked glasses of Champagne as she waited for her name to be permanently marked on her first Oscar. “Pinch me,” she said, as she held her engraved Oscar in her hand for the first time and tears welled up in her eyes.
Newly-minted awards weren’t the only things on everyone’s mind. Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen hung out near the sushi station in a leather booth and nibbled on plates of the dish while Fisher enjoyed her bubbly. “Don’t take that away yet!” she said when a waiter tried to clear it. Minutes later, she dug into a piping hot chicken pot pie that a waiter brought by on a passed tray. In addition to the pair’s favorites, guests also enjoyed pizza, mini burgers, and endless desserts that included flavored macarons, chocolate cakes, tiramisu pops, chocolate Oscar statuettes, and chocolate fountains perfect for dipping fruit tarts, berries, and more chocolate.
“Wow, what’s that? Whatever is it, I’ll take two!” said Bryan Cranston as he reached for an asparagus and truffle salad being passed around on trays. Shortly after, Martin Scorsese turned to the night’s big winner, DiCaprio, and congratulated him. “That was such a great speech, truly phenomenal,” he told him. “Thank you, man. Thank you. Means the world coming from you,” The Revenant star said.
For Alicia Vikander, dance floor jams and Andra Day’s performance of “Let’s Get It on” got her into the groove. “I can’t wait to celebrate this evening and take off my shoes and dance this night away,” she said.
Click through to see who else stepped out to the A-list affair.