HOLLYWOOD – The party didn’t stop when the Oscars telecast ended.
After the gold statues were handed out, stars headed straight for the glamorous Governors Ball, which was held just a few floors above where the Academy Awards took place.
The Governors Ball is the one Oscar party where almost everyone makes an appearance. It’s a must for winners, who get their statues engraved at a special area. And it’s a happening spot for everyone else to discuss the major events of the night, from history made by “Parasite” winning best picture to Joaquin Phoenix’s impassioned speech.
With guests imbibing tequila cocktails and negronis and digging into (70% plant-based) treats from Wolfgang Puck, here are all the celebrity moments you missed.
Laura Dern was the toast of the town
A man carried Laura Dern’s supporting-actress Oscar for her as she entered the party and made her way to the soiree’s engraving station. The area has become a strict no-media zone, which meant a publicist had to talk security into letting the “Marriage Story” star’s family in when they arrived a few minutes behind. Saying “this is Laura Dern’s daughter,” did the trick.
Dern exited holding a freshly engraved statue and made her way across the room where Ted Sarandos and the Netflix crew were hanging out. Dern squeezed into a banquette, rested her feet and caught up with her friends.
Greta Gerwig’s cup runneth over
Gerwig, who hung out with her parents at the Governors Ball, told USA TODAY the Oscars ceremony struck a chord, from the female composer’s win for the “Joker” original score to the powerhouse “Sigourney and Brie and Gal” presenting together.
(Sigourney Weaver, Brie Larson and Gal Gadot, introduced the Oscars’ first female conductor, Eimear Noone.)
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“I felt like I just kept crying all night because it was so moving, and the representation was so magnificent,” she said. Her most emotional moment? “To be honest the thing that moved me the most, only because she’s in Noah’s movie and she’s in my movie, was Laura (Dern) winning,” she said in reference to her love, Noah Baumbach, writer/director of “Marriage Story.”
Along with the fact that they’re friends, Gerwig says, she has deeply admired Dern’s performances since she saw films like “Citizen Ruth.” “I feel like I’m going to start crying talking about it.”
The cocktails flowed
After presenting at the awards show, Spike Lee sipped from a champagne flute and received a fist bump from a fan. With a cocktail in her hand, Florence Pugh chatted with “1917” star George MacKay. Best cinematographer Roger Deakins kept his Oscar in one hand, and a cocktail in the other.
You win some, you lose some
After losing out on her 11th Oscar nod, Diane Warren chatted with Chrissy Metz, who performed the tune nominated for best original song, “I’m Standing with You.” While the two were conversing, a man told the “This Is Us” star, “You made me cry tonight.”
And because life is full of highs and lows, Metz’s train was stepped on as she was leaving the party. (Trains and full skirts were stepped on continuously. One man, when trying to get by Gerwig in a tight spot, kicked her train out of the way without her knowing.)
Time to eat!
When Gerard Butler and his date, Morgan Brown, entered the after-party, they quickly nabbed what looked like a slice of pizza. We also spotted Regina King and Oscar Isaac tucking into mac ‘n’ cheese.
Wolfgang Puck was also lauded for his cuisine. An attendee told him: “(I) love all the plant-based stuff.” Vegan fare at the ball included avocado tostadas, small taro root tacos and Tajin-spiced popcorn.
And “The Two Popes” actor Jonathan Pryce may have lost out on the best actor statuette to Joaquin Phoenix, but at least he had the culinary creations of Puck to soften the blow. Pryce tucked into a black truffle chicken pot pie.
Shia LaBeouf shared a proud moment
LaBeouf, who presented Sunday night with his “Peanut Butter Falcon” co-star Zack Gottsagen, stood close to the dance floor holding a cup of coffee while taking in the sounds of Black Violin. LaBeouf deemed that moment with Gottsagen as his peak of the evening. “My boy was smiling the whole time,” he told USA TODAY. “I was just with my boy. We had a great time.”
The “Honey Boy” actor and writer said Joaquin Phoenix and Tom Hanks both said hi to Gottsagen. At the Governors Ball, Gottsagen was told by a woman that he did a “Very good job tonight.” He wasn’t the only one with fans. Near a food station, “Jojo Rabbit” actor Roman Griffin Davis received praise for his work in the film.
Who else hung out?
“Star Wars” actors Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac reunited and spent some time chatting. Maya Rudolph hung out with Sigourney Weaver and Mahershala Ali. Beanie Feldstein posed for a photo with her mom, costume designer Sharon Lyn Chalkin. And near Dern’s table, Randy Newman got a bite to eat and gladly took selfies with fans.
As the Governors Ball wound down, winners Renee Zellweger and the “Parasite” crew were the last to cycle through the engraving station. When Zellweger emerged with a statue bearing her name, she quickly found a table of her friends, who applauded as she walked up.