After a three-hour-plus Academy Awards, Hollywood finally got what it was waiting for: dinner. Wolfgang Puck served up his annual feast at the Governor’s Ball and it wasn’t a minute to soon, for Laura Dern anyway. “I bring a PowerBar in my bag, but it’s never enough,” she said. Like Emma Stone, Margot Robbie, Michael Keaton, Dern was one of the stars who retired to the ballroom adjacent to the Dolby Theatre for a breather before a late night of after parties and after-after parties. “And now I’m looking forward to having that celebratory drink,” said Eddie Redmayne, nursing his new award, before heading out to his first stop, the always crowded Vanity Fair bash. This time, editor in chief Graydon Carter and company decided to switch up locations, moving from the Sunset Strip to the heart of Beverly Hills.
“It’s going to be a long night — or maybe a short night,” said Jessica Chastain. She had changed into a more comfortable H&M cocktail dress and was now taking in a raucous scene unfolding before her. Redmayne was letting friends pose for selfies with his Oscar. Diane Kruger, seated with Jason Wu, spotted Dree Hemingway and yelled out, “Where the f–k have you been?” “Dude, I just woke up and threw this on,” Hemingway shot back. Wu was a newbie to the party, but not Tommy Hilfiger. “We’re usually here for Oscar weekend, but this year my son’s girlfriend Rita Ora was performing, so it was extra special,” he said. “We all got a little emotional.” Francisco Costa finally let himself have a shot of tequila after a grueling runway and red carpet season. “You have to surprise people,” he said of the pearl-roped dress he designed for Lupita Nyong’o. Last year’s Oscar winner had her little brother, Peter, in tow again, and when Beyoncé and Jay Z breezed into the party, the siblings made a beeline for a selfie with the Carters. “That’s what sisters are for,” Nyong’o later posted on Instagram. Among the other musical stars in attendance were Ora, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez and Miley Cyrus, who mispronounced her Schiaparelli outfit but at least wore it well.
Near the dance floor, Karolina Kurkova kicked off her Louboutins. “I’m known for taking off my shoes at parties. I just like to be comfortable and dance. I can still see over most people,” she bragged. Sarah Silverman took a load off on a suede ottoman. “I would take off my shoes, but I want to look hot in case I see my ex-boyfriend,” she said as The Weather Girls’ “It’s Raining Men” started to play. Emboldened guests joined the bevy of models dancing, including Wes Anderson and Christian Louboutin himself. A giddy Julianne Moore was also in attendance, as were Common and John Legend, who made the biggest show of brandishing their trophies. “Get it, girl,” Common said to Queen Latifah as she came to congratulate him.
By half past midnight, some of the crowd began to retreat to the valet, but not to go home. Jared Leto corralled his pals to head over to Guy Oseary’s Beverly Hills pad for what was now Madonna’s eighth Oscar after-after party. Though the Material Girl herself reportedly was not attending — she’s rehearsing an upcoming performance — even a very pregnant Isla Fisher couldn’t wait to get her groove on. “Are you going to Guy O’s?” she asked Benedict Cumberbatch and his also pregnant wife Sophie Hunter. “Of course. We’ll see you there,” he replied.