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Read this: Academy Awards! Kathryn Bigelow, fashion flops and triumphs, all the after parties

Kathryn Bigelow hoists her Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture at the post-ceremony Governors Ball. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Good afternoon, everyone. Kathryn Bigelow has made history, becoming the first woman to take home the Academy's Best Director award. Her film, "The Hurt Locker," swept up much of everything else at last night's Academy Awards in Los Angeles, taking six awards in all -- including Best Picture, which we are sad to report helped sink our Oscar party pool chances. But we digress.

In other Oscar news:

  • There was no shortage of eye-catching fashion on this year's red carpet. What on Earth was Zoe Saldana wearing? We are not sure, although one of our editors offered that she "looked as if she was dragging Barney the purple dinosaur on her hem."

  • Oh, and the parties! The intrepid Amy Argetsinger and Dan Zak braved Vanity Fair's annual off-the-hook soiree, mining the scene for some of the best party imagery we've had this side of the Obama inauguration:

    Did both Macaulay Culkin and one of the Jonas brothers just spew cigarette smoke directly in our faces? Yes. Is that Kid Rock creeping in the corner, biting into an apple, alone? Yes. Did Jamie Foxx's velvet-blazered shoulders caress our chest as he inched his way past us? Yes. And yes, that is Jane Fonda perched on a suede settee, and, yes, she has just peeled off her fake eyelashes and dropped them into her handbag.

    If that's not enough for you, Amy and Jen Chaney will host a live Web chat about their adventures in Hollywood at 2 p.m. But it will only be 11 a.m. Los Angeles time, so be gentle.

  • Hank Stuever reviews the Oscar telecast, which went unusually long (3 hours, 32 minutes) and felt "like a kindergarten graduation ceremony," what with all those Best Picture nominees.

  • If it just feels right to keep reading about movies, you might enjoy this appreciation of bad films (they teach us what makes other ones so good!) and this profile of Robert Osborne, host of the Turner Classic Movies channel.

    Tips? Sightings? E-mail us: And follow us on Twitter: @ReliableSource.

  • By The Reliable Source  |  March 8, 2010; 1:03 PM ET
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