At precisely 10:46 p.m. Sunday -- after the Oscar-hand-out action inside the Dolby Theater was receding in the cultural rear-view mirror with every witticism of Ellen DeGeneres -- and the Academy Awards after-party festivities were in full swing on the uppermost floors of the Hollywood and Highland complex, with just about everybody who is anybody in the 2013-14 awards season scrum turned out in their black-tie finest -- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt strolled into the disco-lit ball room and put the movie star mojo in the room into overdrive. Earlier in the evening, they were accompanied by their 12-year old son Maddox Pitt-Jolie, who was dressed in a natty tuxedo.
The space was already thrumming with Hollywood's biggest stars. Just about every Oscar nominee and winner made an obligatory pit-stop in the shopping mall-top aerie before moving on to the after-after parties taking place across town. Best supporting actor nominee Bradley Cooper could be seen bro-hugging a close table of confidants (while his date for the evening, his mother, looked on), laughing and tossing back glasses of mineral water. And Win Butler of the acclaimed alt-rock group Arcade Fire, nominated for best original score for director Spike Jonze's "Her," was witnessed visibly enjoying the R&B stylings of John Legend, who ran through a spirited set of his biggest hits before an appreciative crowd.
"That soundtrack was one of the most important things, one of the most personal things I have ever attached my name to," Butler told the Times.
The nightclub space, located above the venerable theater, was tricked out with vintage Los Angeles street lamps, wall-hanging plant pockets and more h'ors d'oeuvres than a Michelin-certified chef (Spago's Wolfgang Puck, of course) could shake a butcher's block at – baby yellowtail, marinated lotus root, lobster claws and inside-out spicy tuna rolls -- for an estimated guest list of 1,500 in the name of Oscar.
Even as R&B star Legend tinkled the ivories and an estimated 1,350 bottles of Thienot Champagne managed to be popped for assembled guests, the intersection of Highland Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard clogged with limousines befitting Hollywood's starriest night. Best supporting Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender appeared to be entertaining a bevvy of attractive young glamazons, while his "12 Years a Slave" co-star and fellow Academy Award-nominee Chewetel Ejiofor (who lost out to Matthew McConaughey in the leading actor category) tolerated late-night Holllywood's selfie nation requests.
"Just one more, love," Ejiofor could be heard to say. "That's about it for me."
And with that, Ejiofor ducked his head into a long black car and headed off into the night.