Partying with Oscar

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Governors Ball

Singers Barbra Streisand, Adele and Shirley Bassey attend the Oscars Governors Ball on Sunday night. (Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images / February 25, 2013)

Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio says MacFarlane was all right, but "Stewie would have been better." (That's a "Family Guy" reference, just so you know.)

A woman asks me to take a photo with her cell phone, and she poses with Quentin Tarantino and Naomi Watts. Afterward, I ask what she does, and she tells me she's California's attorney general (that is, Kamala Harris).

Tim Burton is there with longtime partner Helena Bonham Carter, though at this point she's in a booth with Michael Douglas (who's looking good) and Zeta-Jones (ditto), and Burton is standing against a pillar with his left arm in a sling. Does he intend to come to Chicago for the April world premiere of the "Big Fish" musical based on his 2003 film?

"Probably not," he says, shaking his head.

When I ask about his arm, he says the story is too boring to tell.

Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann are huddled in a corner with Bradley Cooper. Cameron Crowe, standing nearby, says he plans to start shooting a movie with Cooper later this year.

Voight chats with Tucker, then Foxx, before "Give It to Me, Baby" comes on, and the hips start swinging. When the music segues to Madonna's "Holiday," Tucker announces, "C'mon, everybody!" Naomie Harris of "Skyfall" and a friend join in the dancing. Foxx does not.

I cross paths with Peter Fonda and his wife, Margaret, who tells me he's looking for his sister.

"She left," I inform her.

Radcliffe and a young woman are seated on the floor, their backs against the bar, as they look at her smart phone. The fellow formerly known as Harry Potter is smoking.

Kelly Preston says she and husband Travolta are leaving for another party.

The room begins to clear, and portions of the carpet become visible, showing cupcake frosting stains and other detritus. A lanky woman is seated atop a chair's arm consulting intensely with her phone's screen, apparently seeking the next move. Some guests have started to sway.

It's 2:30 a.m., and the fever has broken.

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