In Style's Oscar Viewing Party
While the crowd at the Kodak Theatre stuggled to stay comfortable in their seats, guests at In Style's annual Oscar viewing bash watched the proceedings from the comfort of their VIP banquettes at L.A. hot spot STK. And even though stars like Angie Harmon, Leighton Meester and Bridget Moynahan weren't at the ceremony, they still took the opportunity to go glam. "It's Oscar night!" declared Harmon, who chose a fiery gown from Valentino for the occasion. "It's the best excuse to wear the most elegant dress and root for your favorite actors and actresses."
"I wanted to get all dolled up to celebrate, but I wanted to keep it fun," said Leighton Meester of her flirty Missoni dress. The Gossip Girl-who was pulling for Daniel Day Lewis to nab the Best Actor trophy-also showed off her Sergio Rossi heels and shared her shoe philosophy. "I don't care if my shoes are comfortable," she admitted. "[Pain] is never a question with me."
"I can't keep my hand out of the popcorn jar!" Stacey Keibler (in Bebe) said of the lure of the junk food-laden buffet. In addition to the sweets, guests were also offered STK specialities like crab cakes, short ribs and mini-burgers. If the Dancing With the Stars alum could trade places with any Oscar winner, who would she choose? "Marion Cotillard. I was feeling her excitement. If I had that moment up there, that,s how I would act," Keibler sighed.
Masi Oka and Natalie Maines
After filling out their ballots for the annual Oscar pool, Masi Oka (second from left) and Natalie Maines settled in to watch the action on one of the more than 30 flat screen TV's placed strategically around the restaurant. "My kids and my husband [Oka's Heroes co-star Adrian Pasdar] are in Aspen skiing so I get to party!" Maines (in Alexander McQueen) exclaimed.
Hairspray star Brittany Snow confessed to learning what awards season must-haves she should always have on hand the hard way. "Last night I went to Oscar party and I forgot my makeup. I was pretty much dying!" the petite blond (Bradley Bayou) explained. "I made sure tonight I have my phone and lots of makeup."
Eliza Dushku and Shemar Moore
What was the inspiration for Eliza Dushku's viewing party look? "A golden Grecian dress and come-hither eyes," the actress-in a dress by Project Runway finalist Rami Kashou-explained. "I’m getting a lot of compliments." Among those with kind words was Shemar Moore, who was impressed by the whole crowd. "Beautiful women in beautiful dresses," Moore observed. "This is classy!"
What were Sanaa Lathan's post-party plans? "We're actually going to go home and take a power nap, then get up at midnight and go to Prince's party," said the actress (right), who was spotted hitting the Purple One's bash a few hours later. Other guests like Saturday Night Live's Josh Meyers planned to hit the super-secret Madonna after-party, but many of the other guests stayed at STK dancing to tunes spun by DJ Vice.
InStyle Viewing Party
Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz studied her ballot carefully before turning it in once Jon Stewart's monologue kicked off the show. Ortiz said she felt more like an Oscar than an Oscar winner. "I loved the silhouette of this Angel Sanchez dress," she explained. "It's my homage to the Oscar statuette." The two guests-sadly, Ortiz was not one of them-who predicted the most Academy Award winners took home stunning watches from Christian Dior.
Dave Annable and Sarah Jane Morris
Dave Annable's Oscar must-have? "I just bring an empty stomach to enjoy all the free food," the Brothers and Sisters star, who chilled with co-star Sarah Jane Morris, joked. "I'm a mac n' cheese guy." Other stars out for a great meal and a good time included Malin Ackerman, Allison Janney and Michael Vartan.
Angie Harmon and Bridget Moynahan
Though Bridget Moynahan described her Valentino frock as "chic, festive and cocktail-y," the new mom planned on calling it an early night. "I’m going to be home by 11 and back in bed so I can take care of my boy amp#91;in the morningamp#93;," Moynahan, who caught up with Angie Harmon, explained.
In Style took over all five rooms of L.A. steakhouse STK, filling them with all the Oscar party essentials. Celebrity guests like Jason Lewis, James King and Eva La Rue noshed on passed hors d'oeuvres, snacked at a candy bar and got a jolt from the mocha kiss coffee bar. After the show, DJ Vice played an eclectic mix of ‘80s, ‘90s, and current hits to satisfy the crowd. Among the classics played were Michael Jackson's "PYT," David Bowie's "Let's Dance," and Madonna's "Lucky Star."
A palette of candy colors like pink and turquoise brightened up the hot spot, while flickering tea lights and lush orchids helped make guests feel romantic and relaxed. The two lucky guests who predicted the most Academy Award winners took home stunning Christian Dior watches.