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Smiles abound at this year’s Vanity Fair post-Oscars party


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Michelle Yeoh and Angela Bassett locked in a long embrace, whispering and laughing with glee as nearly every phone in the vicinity came out to take photos.

Vanity Fair’s annual post- Oscars party was full of such moments of warmth and joy as Sunday night led into Monday morning after a drama-free Academy Awards, with none of the head-shaking heaviness that hung over last year’s post-slap edition.

Yeoh, whose best actress Oscar was one of seven on a dominant night for “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” which claimed best picture, had just walked into the party and was swarmed by well-wishers before seeing Bassett, who hadn’t looked happy when she lost best supporting actress to Yeoh’s castmate Jamie Lee Curtis but was all smiles here.

Yeoh later grasped her Oscar as she rocked back and forth to the Human League’s “Don’t You Want

Me” at the edge of the dance floor.

Half of the directing duo behind “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Daniel Scheinert, stood outside and ate an In-N- Out burger, the party’s traditiona­l meal, as he bopped up and down to House of Pain’s “Jump Around.”

“Finally getting some dinner,” Scheinert said as a long night neared its end. “This is nice.”

The champagnes­oaked affair, which begins as a viewing party for 100 people and grows into the night’s most sought-after invitation, is hosted by Vanity Fair editor Radhika Jones.

Oscar night is just beginning for many stars once the ceremony ends, and the first stop is always the Governors Ball, just an escalator ride up from the Dolby Theatre.

Winners go with one main objective: getting their Oscars engraved with their names, which this year was in plain sight of the party. Others take the chance to get a bite to eat of the Wolfgang Puck-prepared bites. Harrison Ford even made a quick loop around the room.

Ratings rebound, a bit

The 95th Academy Awards on ABC was viewed by an estimated 18.7 million, according to preliminar­y Fast National Live+Same Day numbers released Monday by ABC. That’s up 12% from last year’s show, but still low compared to most years.

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AMY SUSSMAN/GETTY IMAGES Michelle Yeoh at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
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Angela Bassett

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