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9:25 p.m. _ Let the partying begin! As Natalie Portman nibbles appetizers, Owen Wilson poses for photos with his mother at the Governor’s Ball, the official post-Oscar gala. Instead of the extravagant sit-down dinner of past years, this event offers a cocktail-style format aimed at encouraging people to move through the room and schmooze. And it’s working, at least on Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps, who hold hands as they roam through the party.

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Associated Press Writer Cristina Silva and Solvej Schou contributed to this report.