On the elegant stairway up to the Governors Ball, a man was having fun with the name of the event he was about to attend, loudly proclaiming it — or, rather, a variation of it that suggested a part of the male anatomy — to anyone who’d listen.
The man could be excused for a burst of adolescent delight: He was George Clooney, and the actor-filmmaker had just won the best picture Oscar for his work on “Argo,” a fact evident from the statuette he was gripping triumphantly.
Inside the ball — the swanky post-show event for Oscar attendees at a ballroom atop the Hollywood & Highland complex — winners and losers mingled and nibbled on Wolfgang Puck-made pot pies and pizzas as musician Michael Feinstein took the stage and played a few swingy numbers.
Hugh Jackman moved confidently through the crowd, putting on a face that suggested he was OK with his loss to Daniel Day-Lewis for lead actor. A moment later Ben Affleck strode past, holding his Oscar and walking with a brisk purpose that suggested the confidence of a man who had just walked out of a room with the big prize — or, perhaps, one who needed to get out of Iran. He shook hands of well-wishers seemingly without stopping as he quickly headed to a group at the other side of the room.