Oscar winners celebrate at Governor's Ball

Mon Mar 3, 2014 3:04am EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A sea of Oscar statuettes filled the Governor's Ball on Sunday night as winners chatted, ate and celebrated with the film industry's elite at the official Academy Awards party.

Winners also got their statuettes engraved with their names on the first stop in a string of parties on Hollywood's biggest night.

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.   Continued...

Academy Awards host Ellen Degeneres and her partner Portia de Rossi at the Governors Ball after the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Adrees Latif