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The new relaxed living room look of this year’s Governors Ball made it even harder to locate the darn stars. Historically, studios had assigned tables and seated service so you (you being either a journalist or an invited guest) could wander around and watch all the giddy winners and game-faced losers, who generally stayed put while well-wishers came to them. Not last night. Now the stars were doing the all wandering, locating and congratulating each other, hugging, back-slapping, cheek-kissing, hand-shaking. And these people are fast! If not for a glint of gold and a flash of strobe across the room, I might have missed seeing big winners like Jennifer Hudson, Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren, Alan Arkin, and Forest Whitaker meandering around the Kodak Ballroom, decked out with sprawling sofas, patios and trellised gardens that made the room feel like a pristine Tuscan restaurant.

Here’s some of what I saw:   


Best Actor Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker’s wife Keisha‘s gorgeous dress had a sequined strap that was actually glued to her bare back. Ouch. That’s gotta hurt when you take it off.

Clint Eastwood snatching a crabcake on his way into the ballroom.

Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Alan Arkin heading into the ballroom with his wife, explaining, "I’m going to be here for 11 minutes." His new film, "Sunshine Cleaning" will be produced by his LMS producers and shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He explained:  "A good thing happened and I’m going to stick with it."  You could definitely call winning an Oscar a good thing. 

LMS directors Jonathon Dayton and Valerie Feris talking about how it wasn’t that had to lose to a cinema legend like Marty Scorsese. They’re already onto their next film, which will be adapted from Tom Perrotta’s new book. He’s the guy who wrote "Little Children."

Al Gore
telling Best Song Oscar-winner Melissa Etheridge "Congratulations. I’m so happy for you. You gave a great speech."

Tipper Gore dancing with "Truth" producer Lawrence Bender outside the ballroom. Apparently, he was once a trained professional ballet dancer. It doesn’t show.

Best Supporting Actress winner Jennifer Hudson arriving a bit late and breathless because she had to change into her third gown of the night! Before you say the D word, remember that Beyonce wore five in 2005.

Los Angeles Times publisher/prez David Hiller helping his niece celebrate her birthday. Imagine celebrating your B-day with Leonardo, Helen, Cate, Marty and the like. That’s one birthday she’ll never forget!

Mark Wahlberg carrying two plates of food back to his table after hitting the buffet line.

Best Director Oscar winner Marty Scorsese was so happy he started hugging the press. He hugged it out wth ET reporter Jerry Pennacoli and gave Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush a kiss on the cheek. 

Where was Eddie Murphy? Someone said they saw him leave. If that’s true, can you say, poor loser?

Photo Credits:  Forest Whitaker and his wife Keisha will have a heck of a time getting that strap off her back after all the post parties.
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