Oscars 2015: Governors Ball hits the spot with ravenous guests

#GovernorsBall almost always first stop for #Oscars attendees; 1940s-themed party sets tone for the evening

Unlike the Golden Globe Awards, the Academy Awards serves no catered dinner, so guests have to make do with snacks provided at the bar.

Solange and her husband, video director Alan Ferguson, hung out munching on bags of trail mix for a large portion of the evening. "We're just trying to stuff ourselves," he explained, so they didn't get wasted.

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Needless to say, by the time celebs arrived at the Governors Ball, they were ravenous. As usual, the event was catered by Wolfgang Puck -- a fact he made sure everyone was aware of.

Before the Oscars began, he walked the entire red carpet in his chef's whites with a tray displaying some of the treats partygoers would be offered at the after-party. Among them: caviar-topped baked potatoes, chicken pot pie and mac and cheese with aged cheddar. There was also a dessert bar, though most guests skipped the cookies and cupcakes in favor of Puck's trademark mini gold-covered chocolate Oscars. The candy men were kept just feet from a station where winners headed with their real gold statues and queued up to wait for engraving.

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Thanks to Lego artist Nathan Sawaya, those who didn't win Oscars weren't left entirely empty-handed this year. Some lucky losers walked out of the Dolby Theatre with an Oscar Lego designed by Sawaya. Emma Stone, for one, seemed thrilled with her fake Oscar. She clung to the toy as she walked around the ball with her "Birdman" posse -- including best director winner Alejandro G. Inarriatu -- and her date for the evening, her mom.

Because it's in the same Hollywood & Highland complex as the Dolby, the Governors Ball is almost always the first stop for Oscar attendees and sets the tone for the evening. This year, the party had a 1940s vibe: There were large sepia-toned headshots of Bette Davis and Cary Grant projected onto the wall. Guests crowded into old-school banquettes, and the tables were draped in rich, velvety fabrics that gave the whole room the feeling of an old-school jazz club.

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Not that hordes stuck around too long to take in all the scenery: With a full night of swanky parties on tap -- and a trek to Beverly Hills between them and the Vanity Fair bash -- many A-listers made a beeline for the door pretty early.

Oprah Winfrey and "Selma" director Ava DuVernay were out the door by 9:45, as were Stone and her Lego man.

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