The Oscar Parties!
Penelope Cruz and Diane Lane
"It was one of the best shows I've ever seen," said Diane Lane (in David Meister) after the final credits rolled at the 80th annual Academy Awards. Once the Oscars had been handed out, Hollywood got down to some entertainment business at after-parties across Los Angeles. While Lane and Penelope Cruz (in Chanel Haute Couture) celebrated No Country for Old Men's Oscar sweep at the Miramax/Audi bash, stars like George Clooney, Heidi Klum and Ben Affleck hit celebrations like the official Governors Ball and Elton John's annual film fete, where they found lights, cameras and plenty of action.
-With reporting by Brantley Bardin and Rochelle Rose
-With reporting by Brantley Bardin and Rochelle Rose
Heidi Klum and Seal
"After being married to Heidi Klum it’s really difficult to get star-struck by anyone," said devoted husband Seal as he surveyed the A-list crowd at the 16th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards party.
Javier Bardem, George Clooney and Sarah Larson
George Clooney kept girlfriend Sarah Larson close as he congratulated Javier Bardem on his win at the Governors Ball, where the glittering decor shined as brightly as the celebrities themselves.
Small screen star Eva Longoria (in Marchesa) stayed up late for Prince's Beverly Hills bash. Sean Combs, Christina Milian and Rosario Dawson were also among the lucky few offered an invite to the Purple One's exclusive fete.
Marion Cotillard and Elton John
After picking up her Oscar, Best Actress winner Marion Cotillard (in Jean Paul Gaultier) made a beeline for Elton John's bash, where she showed off her new hardware to her host. Both Cotillard and Elton sparkled in jewels and gems from luxury jeweler Chopard, who sponsored the fete.
Sharon Stone, Josh Groban, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
The sexy Dior tuxedo that Sharon Stone wore to Elton John's party was not only fashionable, but totally functional. "I'm all about comfort, and this is so comfortable. It's like wearing pajamas," said the actress. "I can dance, eat, breathe." Stone-who watched the Oscar broadcast with fellow guests Josh Groban, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi(in Lanvin)-was also able to host one of her infamous auctions to raise funds for AIDS research.
After admitting that she followed up both her Oscar wins with trips to Astro Burger, Hilary Swank (in Versace) actually stuck around to snack on the posh eats prepared by famed chef Wolfgang Puck at the Governors Ball.
Ben and Casey Affleck
They may not have taken home any statuettes, but brothers Ben and Casey Affleck (in Dolce & Gabbana) had lots to celebrate at the Miramax/Audi party, held at L.A.'s Bar Marmont. While Casey earned a nomination for his role in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, big brother Ben has earned his fair share of praise for his directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone.
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
After fulfilling his duties as presenter, Harrison Ford squired Calista Flockhart (in Rare Vintage) to Elton John's bash. Though the couple arrived towards the end of Elton's performance they made the most of it, kicking up their heels to "Crocodile Rock."
Viggo Mortensen, Cate Blanchett
"I had this balled up under my beautiful suit," Best Actor nominee Viggo Mortensen said of the flag of the Argentinian Football Club Atletico San Lorenzo de Almagro he brought out at the Governors Ball. "It’s a good thing they didn’t give me a trophy cause I would have gotten up there, yanked this out and taken a lap!" Instead, Mortensen used Cate Blanchett's Dries van Noten-draped baby bump to show off his national pride.
Anne Hathaway, Diablo Cody
"I felt like a million dollars in my dress," said Anne Hathaway (in Marchesa), who congratulated Juno scribe Diablo Cody (in a Dior gown and jewelry by Loree Rodkin) at the Governors Ball. Hathaway's trick for keeping the party going? "I have those wonderful gel insoles in my shoes," the actress admitted.
Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz
Though his mom was sitting next to him when he heard his name called in the Best Supporting Actor category, it was Penelope Cruz who paid special attention to Javier Bardem at the Miramax/Audi bash.
Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman
After dining and dancing at Elton John's party, Kate Beckinsale (in Versace) and husband Len Wiseman stayed up late to check out Prince's latenight after-after-party, hosted by denim brand Citizens of Humanity.
Keri Russell and Shane Deary
"I was so happy the song from [the movie] Once won," said a Nina Ricci-clad Keri Russell on her way into the Governors Ball with husband Shane Deary. "That made my night!"
Elton John, Mary J. Blige
"I would describe this party as sexy," said Mary J. Blige. "The room and the people in it are very sexy!" Blige added to the appeal when she took the stage to duet with Elton John on the classic song, "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues," at John's post-Oscar party.
Sean Combs, Minnie Driver and Roberto Cavalli
Sean Combs (in Dolcec & Gabbana), Minnie Driver and partyhopping designer Roberto Cavalli watch the events unfold from their table at the 16th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation viewing party. As they watched the show unfold, guests dined on saffron risotto, filet mignon and bitter chocolate mousse.
Saoirse Ronan and James McAvoy
"I wanted Green, because I’m Irish," said Best Supporting Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan of her emerald-hued Alberta Ferretti gown. The young actress hung out with her Atonement co-star, James McAvoy at the Governors Ball, but had a list of must-meet actors to get to. "I saw John Travolta, but I really want to see Ellen Page. And I really want to meet Cate Blanchett," the young actress admitted.
Sean Penn and Petra Nemcova
Sean Penn was all smiles at the Elton John bash, where he kept company with model Petra Nemcova. Penn posed with music legend Stevie Wonder for a snapshot before he and Nemcova (in Roberto Cavalli) thanked their host and headed out the door.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston
"It was a good show," declared John Travolta, as he and wife Kelly Preston (in Roberto Cavalli) swept into the Governors Ball. "Much more like the old days!"
"I had a reverse Zoolander moment-I thought I heard someone else's name," said a shocked Best Supporting Actress winner Tilda Swinton (in Alber Elbaz for Lanvin) at the Governors Ball. "I'm still recovering from that moment!"
Chace Crawford and JC Chasez
Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford and singer JC Chasez got suited up to rub elbows with fellow guy guests Lionel Richie, Christian Slater and Jeremy Piven at the Elton John party.
After putting in appearances at the Governors Ball and the Miramax party, Javier Bardem was among the winners who toted their little gold men to Prince's party. Tilda Swinton also brought along her new companion for the VIP affair.