The Oscar telecast was up 4% from last year's viewership, but most still seemed underwhelmed by the show, which was short by Oscar standards, just seven minutes over the three hour mark. Co-producer Brian Grazer cut one part of Troy Miller's interviews with industryites about the movies, but the consensus was that he could have trimmed more. And Sacha Baron Cohen hijacked the red carpet coverage, despite the Academy's efforts to hold him at bay. In the video (here), that's Academy COO Ric Robertson ordering a security guard to drag The Dictator away after he dumps the "ashes" of Kim Jong Il on Ryan Seacrest. This infographic summarizing the evening (here) includes The Dictator, Angelina Jolie's leg, and Emma Stone.
Video highlights, including Chris Rock, Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Stone and Ben Stiller, Christopher Plummer's acceptance speech, Will Ferrell and Zach Zalifianakis and more are featured here,
Below, a sampling of photos from Vanity Fair's post-Oscar bash, some of the best dresses and arrivals, video of Billy Crystal's opening montage and more.