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Oscar Wrap 2012: Highlights, Videos, Dresses & Party Pictures

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 27, 2012 at 6:15PM

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 -- the consensus was that it could have been trimmed more.
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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.

Indiewire's Eric Kohn is focusing on the small victories instead of the big winners. Here's our backstage coverage.

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.

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VF Oscar party, Cruise and Holmes
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VF Oscar party 2012, Bullock Evans
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VF Oscar Party 2012, Chastain Butler
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VF Oscar party 2012, Scorsese Lebowitz
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VF Oscar party 2012, Payne Descendants and Adams
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Dictator on Oscar red carpet
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"Bridesmaids" Stars at Oscars
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Bret McKenzie Oscar red carpet
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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.