What it's like behind the scenes at the Oscars awards and after-parties


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What you see in the broadcast of the Academy Awards is just one small piece of an elaborate setup.

Nominees, presenters, and other attendees spend time on the red carpet and during breaks chatting with each other and sharing offscreen moments, whether that's a drink and a joke together, a meet-cute with BB-8, or a selfie from none other than Steven Spielberg (who probably takes great selfies). And many of those end up online during or after the show.

Then there are the after-parties that overtake Hollywood, including the annual Vanity Fair shindig attended by A-listers, including plenty of people who weren't even at the Oscars (those who were there usually like a change of outfit, and we can't say we blame them).

Here's what it was like behind the scenes at the 2016 Oscars.