Hollywood's elite mingle at glitzy post -Oscar parties

Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:11am EST
 
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood's elite headed into the night to celebrate or commiserate at a list of glitzy parties in Tinseltown after walking the red carpet and watching the year's Academy Awards presented.

The party of all parties on Hollywood's biggest night is the strictly invite-only Governors Ball, thrown by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences which hosts the Oscars, a lavish affair attended by about 1,500 guests.

This is the party that draws most of the stars and is the first stop for the winners with their prized, gold statuettes, as well as for other nominees who missed out this year and the performers and presenters of the three-hour Oscars show.

Winner of the Best Actor award for "Lincoln", Daniel Day-Lewis mixed with George Clooney, who produced the Best Picture winner "Argo", as guests sipped champagne and grazed on food by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.

Filmmaker Ang Lee, who won his second Best Director award for "Life of Pi", was celebrating with fellow movie industry bigwigs in the shadows of a 120-foot chandelier sparkling in the evening's chosen colors of aubergine, chartreuse, and champagne.

"There's no pressure, the movie is doing well around the world, it's all good," he beamed.

"Life of Pi" lead actor Suraj Sharma, a newcomer from New Delhi, India, who was attending the Oscars for the first time this year, said he was "ecstatic" with Lee's win.

"Ang worked really hard on this. I feel like Ang won, we all won," the actor told Reuters.   Continued...

 
An Oscar statue is pictured at the Governors Ball for the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013. REUTERS/ LUCAS JACKSON