Preview: Hollywood's Most Exclusive Oscar Afterparty

Get a sneak peek at the Governors Ball.

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HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 09: A general view of atmosphere at the 82nd Academy Awards Governors Ball Preview on February 9, 2010 at The Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images)
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The Academy offered a preview of the official Oscars afterparty, the Governors Ball, in the ballroom atop the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"The Governors Ball is actually the ball that's hosted by the governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences," explained the party's producer, Cheryl Cecchetto, of Sequoia Productions.
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As with all great parties, great food is a must. Here's executive pastry chef Sherry Yard showing off one of her creations.
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The party takes place immediately after the Oscar telecast.
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Wolfgang Puck's team marks its 16th year serving up the food at the ball.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"We prepared this year a great seafood buffet to start out with," Puck said. "When people come up to the ballroom, there's a big bar with a seafood buffet with shrimp and lobster, stone crabs and clams. We have a few sushi chefs making little sushi. And then we have our waiters passing around our little sesame tuna with the spicy tuna tartar in there."
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EMPTY_CAPTION"We're going to have little spring rolls. We're going to have little shrimp and lobster tempura, and, naturally, our Spago pizzas and little Colby cheeseburgers. So, people are going to have little nibbles all evening long already, before they sit down," Puck said.
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Outfits for the event's staff were on display.
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All class.
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About 1,500 guests are expected.
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Invitees include nominees, presenters, select Academy members and their guests.
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The 82nd Annual Academy Awards is set for March 7.
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