West Hollywood, Calif. — It was around midnight when Ben Affleck found his little brother, Casey, near the bar. Oscar in hand, Ben, the director of the best picture winner, “Argo,” horsed around with his brother, while a jazz trio played. They posed for a few selfies as their wives, Jennifer Garner and Summer Phoenix, looked on.
Ben made history by becoming only the fourth director to win the top prize without being nominated himself, and Casey, rooting for him, had watched it on his couch at home.
“It’s like the Super Bowl: it’s so much more comfortable, and you have a better view,” Casey said. But of course he came to the annual post-Oscar Vanity Fair party hosted by Graydon and Anna Carter at the Sunset Tower hotel, a valedictory must-stop for winners, near-winners, the beautiful people, their stunning and accomplished friends — really, anybody who’s anybody.
“It’s too crowded up there,” Penny Marshall said, as she sat by the entrance, eating an In-n-Out burger in a paper sleeve, the most popular snack in the wee hours here. She paused to greet Jamie Foxx (“I’ve known Jamie for years”) and delivered her assessment of gripes about the show’s host, Seth MacFarlane. “He did a joke about Lincoln and Booth and he says, ‘Too soon?’ ” she said. “Lighten up, people.”
Other comedians gave Mr. MacFarlane high marks for pulling off a tough gig. “It’s hard for me to judge something I would never be able to do,” said Seth Rogen, who watched the show at the magazine’s viewing party and contributed his own running commentary. (“I was shushed a couple of times,” he said.)
Quentin Tarantino had his own favorite moment, besides his win for best original screenplay. “There were other moments?” he said, adding: “I loved Adele’s song, it was really sexy. I loved that it wasn’t a belter, that it was this sexy, simmering, cinematic song.”
Mr. Tarantino was one of more than two dozen guests toting a little gold man; toward the end of the evening a banquette filled up with five Oscar winners, mostly from technical categories. “They’re, like, toasting with Oscars,” the actor Emile Hirsch said.
A pileup in the hallway included Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton and Anne Hathaway. “Congratulations,” Mr. Burton said, hugging Ms. Hathaway. “Beautiful, beautiful job.” Sally Field carried the train of her red Valentino gown in one hand and a mini-cupcake in another. Daniel Day-Lewis snuggled with his wife, Rebecca Miller, in a corner.
Sergey Brin, a founder of Google, and his wife, Anne Wojcicki, a biologist and entrepreneur, traversed the party wearing pairs of Google Glasses. They shot video as they walked around and let other guests try on the prototypes. “We’ve come a number of times, and no one ever wants to talk to us,” Ms. Wojcicki said. “Now we’re very popular.”
Ang Lee, the best director winner, arrived at 2 a.m. from a tropical-themed party hosted by Fox, the studio that released his “Life of Pi.” He said he wasn’t sure what he would be doing next. “Tonight I feel I reached the shore, with ‘Pi,’ ” he said. “I need a rest.”