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The 84<sup>th Academy Awards may be over... the parties, however, are only just beginning!

The winners of this year's award will be looking to celebrate their success late into the night, at the official Governors Ball.

It was clearly an emotional moment for many of the stars, who were joined by fellow nominees and other Oscar attendees in greeting all their well-wishers and the media.

Actresses Meryl Streep and Octavia Spencer shared a few laughs while sipping champagne and the Best Actor, Jean Dujardin, couldn't help but kiss his Oscar, after it was engraved at the ball. Streep was later seen showing off the Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, which Margaret Thatcher used to wear. She was also ecstatic when talking about her third Oscar in 30 years.

"I was happy shocked, happy shocked, happy shocked," Reuters quoted Streep as saying.

There were other interesting moments too.

The winner of the Best Original Song, Bret McKenzie, tossed his statuette in the air as he posed for photographs, while the director "A Separation", which won Best Foreign Film, happily posed for the cameras. Finally, Christopher Plummer, who is the oldest actor to win an Oscar, was also in the limelight, with his award for Best Supporting Actor.

The guests were treated to a feast that included mini chicken potpies, caviar, truffles, smoked salmons and that traditional American favourite - burgers with macaroni and cheese!

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