THE SHOW IS JUST A TRAILER FOR THE REAL CEREMONIES, WHEN HOLLYWOOD'S STARS REVEL WITHOUT PAUSE

By EW Staff
Updated April 07, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

Tom Hanks said it best at last year’s Academy Awards: ”This is a cool party.” Which, in sum, is what Oscar night is — the one night of the year when all of Hollywood turns out to preen and indulge. From any vantage point, it’s a remarkable scene: Is that Madonna striking a pose with Quentin Tarantino? Look, there’s Tom Arnold chatting up Hugh Grant! While the privileged skip from one swank soiree to the next, the rank and file try to crash any bash they can. But all those spurned at Spago or chastened at Chasen’s can take comfort in simply being part of a wonderfully rich tableau on the industry’s hottest night. Consider the patrons of this year’s Governors Ball, who, after a sumptuous dinner prepared by chef celebre Wolfgang Puck, were each presented with a five-inch-tall, gold-foil-covered, chocolate Oscar for dessert. The only problem was that after consuming them, some of the guests had to contend with a flurry of gilded flakes that stubbornly attached themselves to hands and faces. How fitting: On this night, even Hollywood’s jaded elite couldn’t seem to get the glitter out of their eyes.

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