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  • 4 March 2014, 6:32

Oscars Stars Chill Out At VIP-Only Parties

After a hard night's work at the Oscars, the stars relaxed, chatted and mingled at the glamorous VIP-only parties that followed the ceremony.

At the Governor's Ball - the Academy's official dinner party - winners dropped by the engraving station to have their names put on their statuettes.

Matthew McConaughey commemorated the moment with pictures of himself and his wife Camila Alves.

Ellen DeGeneres, looking as relaxed as she did hosting, chatted intently with Sacha Baron Cohen. Her wife, Portia De Rossi, was by her side, talking to Ryan Seacrest.

The Governor's Ball is held an escalator ride up from the Dolby Theatre, while the Vanity Fair party is traditionally the evening's most sought-after ticket.

It was held in a parking lot, converted temporarily by the magazine into a swank and invitation-only West Hollywood club.

Jared Leto, who won best supporting actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, was in high spirits.

The star invited people to appreciate his trophy, passing it around and celebrating with his brother.

Many actresses changed into a new frock for the occasion.

"It was an intense, unbearable pressure which I'm so glad is over," Cate Blanchett said after her win as best actress for Blue Jasmine. "It has been every year."

Blanchett, who has been nominated for acting Oscars five times, took a hiatus from films in recent years to focus on theatre work.

She won a best supporting actress Oscar in 2005 for The Aviator.

An estimated 43 million people tuned in to watch Hollywood's elite take home the gold, including a best picture nod for 12 Years A Slave.

The Nielsen ratings company said Sunday's awards show was the most-watched Oscars in a decade and the most popular event on television since the Friends finale in 2004.

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