Oscar parties: Governors Ball

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Having a ball: Win or lose, Oscar nominees followed the time-honored tradition of partying heartily at the Governors Ball on Sunday inside the Hollywood & Highland complex. Alfonso Cuaron might have left the Kodak Theatre empty-handed, but that didn't dampen his celebratory spirit at the first-stop afterparty. Universal's "Children of Men" helmer, who barked into a cell phone in Spanish, explained that he was looking for fellow Mexican compatriots Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to congratulate them on their films' respective wins. "We actually make movies just for the parties," he joked as he gabbed with Diego Luna. Similarly, Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Departed" producer Graham King was eager to track down Martin Scorsese so they could bask together in their Academy triumphs. What did King think the long-overlooked helmer might be doing with his first statuette? "He's probably keeping it very close," he said. Meanwhile, John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston joined winner Forest Whitaker to toast Fox Searchlight's "The Last King of Scotland" star on his Oscar win. "We've starred together in two films, (1996's) 'Phenomenon' and (2000's) 'Battlefield Earth,' and we've been very close friends ever since," Travolta said. Unfortunately, some nominees didn't leave the gala unscathed. Abigail Breslin of Searchlight's "Little Miss Sunshine" took a nasty fall on the stairs leading out of the ballroom and scraped her knee. Luckily, the film's co-director, Jonathan Dayton, was there to pick up his pint-size star.

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