From first-time wins to steamy live performances, the 2019 Oscars had plenty of must-see moments.
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LOS ANGELES – The Academy Awards after-party has a tall order: It must be so unabashedly regal that when nominees arrive, they can’t help but take a deep breath and think, I can’t believe I’m at the Oscars celebration!
Guests must be wowed. They must eat food topped with truffles and caviar and wagyu beef. They must have lighting so dim they can barely see where the open bar is. They must have giant movie projectors and sequined pillows but not the reversible kind. They must have a dance floor plastered with the word “Oscars.” They must have golden drapery and tablecloths and statues. They must get the proper fuel before they move on to other bashes hosted by Vanity Fair, Madonna or Jay-Z.
And they got all of that at Sunday’s Governors Ball. We spotted some celebrities soaking in the swanky soiree:
Angela Bassett got the party started
Here’s the thing about these fancy parties: People don’t often dance at them right away, regardless of the fact that there’s a floor intended just for that activity, in front of an orchestra and then a DJ (who was ultimately Questlove). But “Black Panther” star Angela Bassett and husband Courtney B. Vance weren’t afraid to start up the getting down, voluminous fuchsia dress and all.
They wiggled, they moved their arms with “Hey, ho!” song lyrics, and they encouraged plenty of guests to join, including comedian Keegan-Michael Key.
Rami Malek popped some bubbly
The “Bohemian Rhapsody” star may have taken a tumble after winning his best actor Oscar, but it appeared he had no injuries a little champagne couldn’t fix.
After the show, Malek brought his posse to the Governors Ball engraving room where – yes, he got his name put on his Oscar – and where he popped open some bubbly, shook it for good measure and sprayed it all over the room.
Spike Lee and Barbra Streisand leaned in close
After complaining about “Green Book” winning best picture, Spike Lee did properly celebrate his adapted screenplay win for “BlackKklansman.” He sat on a private couch with heavy security (who emphasized NO PHOTOS … on cell phones, at least) where he held hands and sipped champagne with Barbra Streisand, who had earlier presented his film at the Oscars.
Mike Myers and Dana Carvey had an excellent time
The “Wayne’s World” stars looked as though they were having fun, sitting next to each other and chatting at a round table. (Note: Governors Ball has free-for-all seating, but a few reserved tables for particular production companies.) Every so often a friend or a fan would come over and greet the comedy duo. But since Myers and Carvey’s table was low to the ground, that meant that those hoping for selfies or funny conversation needed to squat down or sit on the floor. Oh well, the carpet looked clean, and the aforementioned requests were granted.
Lady Gaga embraced composer Ludwig Goransson
In order to get to the private engraving room at the Governors Ball, you need a special credential: An Academy Award. Lady Gaga went on in with her trophy (she won for best song “Shallow”), at the same time that composer Ludwig Goransson (who won for best score in “Black Panther”) did. The two had an animated conversation, a hug and she gave him a kiss on the cheek.
Those without the requirement for entry watched them embrace behind a partially-closed curtain dividing the engraving room from the rest of the party.
Ryan Coogler and David Oyelowo had a moment
“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler dropped by to toast his team and get something to eat. Did he go with the chicken pot pie, caviar-topped baked potato, truffle ravioli (that’s basically half truffle) or seafood station? Sorry, we didn’t inspect his plate. But we know that he didn’t have time to eat everything on the menu, because he made an early exit, explaining to David Oyelowo that he wasn’t feeling 100 percent.
Oyelowo went in for a hug, anyway. “I don’t care if I get a cold,” the actor said. “Be well.”
The Deschanel sisters called it an early night
Actresses Emily and Zooey Deschanel, who went to the Oscars to support their nominated cinematographer father Caleb Deschenal, made an appearance at the Gov Ball. They walked around with drinks in hand, but perhaps a quick cameo was all they needed to get their after-party fill.
“I would not be mad if we left soon and just went home,” Emily said. Zooey, it seemed, would not be mad, either. They made their way toward the door.
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