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After the Oscars: The Governor’s Ball

The Oscarcast may have been younger and more daring, but that sure didn’t change the mood of the Governor’s Ball. As always, winners looked jubilant while losers put on game faces.

Most of the party patter was pro-Chris Rock. Jamie Foxx gave him two thumbs up. Oprah Winfrey thought Rock was a little too “mellow.” Did he feel mellow? Rock snapped, “Sure! I smoked a joint before the show,” while Puffy Combs concentrated on some Blackberry text messaging.

However, the awards were deemed predictable by most ballgoers. And most losers seemed circumspect and happy that the suspense–and the campaigning–were over. “I’m just going to drink it all in tonight,” said “Sideways” star Virginia Madsen. ” Besides, I’ll be back. They can’t keep me out now!”

A somber Leonardo DiCaprio pulled a Howard Hughes and snuck out early after nibbling girlfriend Gisele Bundchen’s almond-torte dessert. “I’m tired. I’m going home to bed,” he explained, saying a last goodnight to “Aviator” producer Michael Mann.

Among the winners, Morgan Freeman sipped champagne with his Oscar on the table while Clint Eastwood’s daughter took pictures with her dad’s cell phone.

But presenter Jeremy Irons was a real party animal. He tossed back martinis with one hand and chain-smoked with the other. He even put out a ciggie on a huge, decorative Oscar statue. More than a few also-rans in the room would have loved to see that.

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Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey

Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey
Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank

Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank
Clive Owens, Natalie Portman

Clive Owen, Natalie Portman

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet
Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx
Sophie Okonedo

Sophie Okonedo


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