Giddy stars party night away after Oscars show

Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:20pm EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Giddy with joy and liberal with kisses, Oscar's newly crowned stars celebrated late into the night on Sunday, feasting on delicacies ranging from caviar and smoked salmon to burgers with macaroni and cheese.

Clutching golden statuettes under their arms or showing them off for photographers and friends, Academy Award winners joined their empty-handed rivals in sipping champagne at the official Governor's Ball, where they were serenaded by veteran crooner Tony Bennett.

Meryl Streep, celebrating the end of a 30-year dry spell between Oscar victories, showered friends with kisses after winning the third Academy Award of her career for her role as ex-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady".

"I was happy shocked, happy shocked, happy shocked," said a radiant Streep, saying that her latest Oscar win "does not feel real yet."

Christopher Plummer, 82, proudly holding his first ever Oscar, mingled at the Governor's Ball with some 1,500 guests lounging on sofas and nibbling from bite-size morsels of baked potato wrapped in gold with caviar, chocolate mousse and macaroni cheese.

A few miles away, California's famous In-N-Out burgers were served up at the annual Vanity Fair party, regarded as one of the hottest tickets in town on Academy Awards night.

Stars such as Chris Rock, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and record producer Sean "Diddy" Combs hurried down the red carpet in search of food and drink after attending the more than three-hour Oscars show.

British actor Colin Firth, last year's best actor Oscar winner, said that presenting the Academy Award to Streep on Sunday was the "moment of a lifetime."   Continued...