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Vanity Fair welcomes Oscar's brightest stars for annual afterparty

Meryl Street and Amy Adams

Although the winners of the 82nd Academy Awards might have been a roll of the dice, Vanity Fair's post-Oscar party is a sure thing. This year was no exception.

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard Held at West Hollywood's Sunset Tower Hotel, nominees, winners and celebrity guests joined VF editor in chief Graydon Carter for the annual exclusive fete.

Young, old, werewolf and human peppered the gathering -- from Joan and Jackie Collins to Taylor Lautner and Zac Efron.

Taylor Lautner Meryl Streep perched on a couch, chatting up pregnant Amy Adams, while Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard huddled in a corner talking to pal Carey Mulligan. Michael Bay loomed near Jessica Simpson, Marc Anthony, Heidi Klum and Harvey Weinstein in the Terrace Room.

Charlize Theron and her mother, Gerda, bypassed Ed Norton and Shauna Robertson to mingle with Suzanne Somers, Joe and Nick Jonas, Tyler Perry, Russell Brand and Katy Perry and Sean Penn.

A very formal Giovanni Ribisi spoke at length with a casually dressed Beck; nearby, Oscar producer Adam Shankman talked the telecast with Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt.

Sarah Silverman introduced herself to Spike Lee, while Vera Wang danced to Michael Jackson's "PYT" with her Olympic medalist muse, Evan Lysacek.

Vanity-Fair-Gallery The night's big winner, Kathryn Bigelow, with her "Hurt Locker" star Jeremy Renner, was greeted with unanimous applause from the likes of a radiant Gabrielle Union, Judd Apatow, Chevy Chase, Lee Daniels, Natalie Portman, Common, Kid Rock, Oscar host Steve Martin, Robert Downey Jr., Macaulay Culkin, Rachel McAdams, best actress nominee Gabourey Sidibe and Bill Maher.

Exes Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish kept their distance, while Jennifer Lopez revealed a quick change into a black gown to husband Marc Anthony. Efron kept his "High School Musical" gal Vanessa Hudgens warm on the chilly patio, while Keanu Reeves and Cameron Diaz were offered In n' Out burgers on silver platters.

Jesse James and Sandra Bullock This year's best actress winner, Sandra Bullock, made an appearance with her husband, Jesse James, both eager to greet Ryan Reynolds (sans bride Scarlett Johannson).

Oscar winners Christoph Waltz, Jeff Bridges, Sandy Powell and T-Bone Burnett were in also attendance.

Click on the photo gallery above to see more celebrity guests.

-- Matt Donnelly

Upper photo: "Julie & Julia" stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams inside the Vanity Fair party. Credit: Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for Vanity Fair

Second photo: Taylor Lautner. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images.

Third photo: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard arrive. Credit: Craig Barritt / Getty Images

Fourth photo: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Lower photo: Jesse James and Sandra Bullock. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press


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I'm so not happy with the way the Academy Awards went on Sunday night. The OSCAR went to a great character Jeff Bridgess and Monique, but the Best Actress was a bad choice. Meryl Streep shoud have won and was snubbed again this year. Her portrayal of Julie Childs was absolutely brilliant and she should have been looked at for her performance and overall work but yet again was snubbed. My opinion is Meryl was the winner in all her fans eyes, she was so elegant in her white gown and diamonds, Meryl Streep is a true Lady and myself and her other fans will be waiting for Meryl to appear again at the OSCARS in the future and win what is due to her. Love you Meryl <3

In general, Sunday's Oscars was better than last year's show -- barely. Please, Academy: Drop the self-congratuatory presentors for the best actor/actress category -- and bring back the Honorary Oscar tributes! Lauren Bacall and Roger Corman got a raw deal.
I agree with the presenter about Bridges and Mo'Nique's wins. Walz deserved one,too. But Bullock? Over Streep, Mirren and two younger, gifted newcomers?
Bad choice, Academy. Totally underserved. Period. I realize Bullock's skills have improved over the years, but her performance was NOT the best, now or ever. At least she sort of admitted that in her speech.

I think Meryl Streep is one of the most brilliant, gifted talented actors in the business. Her body of work, alone, apart from any awards, now or ever, is a testament to the gifts she brings to the profession. Clearly, measured against that, there is no question that Meryl Streep is Number 1.

But this award was about A film, and A performance, and the Academy, this year, thought that, despite winning a Razzie in the other extreme, Sandra's earnestness and hard work deserved it. Also interesting is the fact that this piece also demanded more of her than the standard comedy-feel- good-girl-next-door role to which she has been limited, thus far. That is rather telling, and should be a compliment to Meryl Streep, and any woman who even gets her name in that category, for a piece of professional work. I hope it is also a signal to Sandra Bullock to explore different choices in the work she tackles in future, too, as an artist. Then she WILL honour both the footsteps, and the staggering brilliance with which Meryl Streep has honoured the profession in so many different roles. If so, all women win - and so does the public who will appreciate the care with which they approach their work.


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