Stars take Oscars out to play at after parties

Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:29am EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Oscars may be over, but Hollywood was not done celebrating its biggest night on Sunday as the film industry took Academy Award winners and their statuettes out for an extended spin through glamorous after-parties.

As the Oscars ceremony wrapped up with "Birdman" winning the best picture prize, stars piled into the Governor's Ball, the official after-party hosted by Oscars organizers, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

"I'm feeling tired and exhilarated and relieved and excited and hungry," said "Whiplash" winner J.K. Simmons as he entered the party with his best supporting actor Oscar in hand. 

"It was surreal and wonderful to see him share that moment with his family," Simmons' co-star, Miles Teller, said. 

Graham Moore, who won best adapted screenplay for "The Imitation Game" and made a passionate speech in which he revealed his own suicide attempt as a teen, said he was "overwhelmed and teary" with his win.

"I keep spontaneously crying," he said as his mother carried his Oscar.

The event saw many of Hollywood's big stars casually catching up over champagne and gourmet desserts provided by chef Wolfgang Puck. Singer performed upbeat dance numbers with Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes, as the crowd danced along.

"Birdman" best supporting actor nominee Edward Norton rushed by, saying "I'm all about the love tonight," as he went to celebrate with his co-stars.   Continued...

Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu poses with his Oscars for best picture, best director and best original screenplay for "Birdman" after they were engraved at the Governors Ball following the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2015   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni