They came, they saw, they conquered. The biggest names in Hollywood turned out for this year's Oscars, taking home the film industry's most coveted awards in a night full of emotion and triumph.
The red carpet buzzed with nerves as the host of nominees made their way into the Dolby Theatre, stopping to greet each other and show off their glittering outfits.
Singing sensation Adele won her first Academy Award and fellow Brit Daniel Day-Lewis scored a hatrick, winning his third Best Actor accolade.
After winning the Oscar for Best Picture and an emotional speech, Ben Affleck settled at the bar with a deserved glass of champagne and his golden statuette before he and his fellow A-listers headed to LA's hottest parties to dance the night away.
Best Actor nominee Bradley Cooper introduced his Silver Linings Playbook co-star Jennifer Lawrence to his mother Gloria as she walked the red carpet with her son.
The actor is very close to his mum and invited her to move in with him when his father passed away in 2011
More au fait with music industry award ceremonies singing sensation Adele was starstruck as she joined the likes of Jennifer Aniston on the red carpet.
But the British star proved her place at film's biggest ceremony when her rendition of Bond song Skyfall won her the award for Best Original Song in a Film
Ben Affleck's Oscar kept him company as he enjoyed a well deserved glass of champagne after Argo scooped the the night's top prize of Best Picture; the icing on the cake of such a successful awards season.
First Lady Michelle Obama announced that the Iranian crime thriller had won, prompting Ben to give a heartfelt speech thanking his cast, crew and wife Jennifer Garner who beamed from the crowd
Despite falling on her way to the stage Jennifer Lawrence collected her Best Actress Oscar to a standing ovation.
The 23-year-old star said "You guys are just standing because I fell and that's really embarrassing but thank you" before maintaining her composure and giving her acceptance speech
Rubbing shoulders with fellow Oscar record holder Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis celebrated being the only person to win the Best Actor award three times.
The jubilant star shared a joke with Meryl and his wife of 16 years, Rebecca Miller
The cast of Les Miserables added a musical touch to the night with their ensemble performance of several of the film's songs.
For her second big moment of the night Anne Hathaway changed into an Armani number and vegan Casadei shoes, while her co-star Amanda Seyfried chose a striking scarlett gown by Givenchy
She may not have taken the title but nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis celebrated being the youngest ever Best Actress nominee by dancing the night away at the Governor's Ball
When the awards were all handed out it was time for the A-listers to let their hair down. Whilst many big names headed to Elton John's glittering Hollywood bash it was his adorable two-year-old son Zachary was who stole the show
Supermodels Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell greeted eachother with a kiss as they arrive at Elton John's 21st Annual AIDS Foundation Academy Awards, held at the Pacific Design Centre in West Hollywood
Amid the night's emotion and drama comedian Jim Carrey kept the mood lighthearted.
The Bruce Almighty actor sported wings and oversized feet to Elton John's party, explaining on Twitter, "Elton's party was fun. My big feet and little angel wings were an expression of my somewhat awkward spiritual journey. I'm a #Strangel"
Party host Elton was lucky enough to get a kiss on the cheek from both Miley Cyrus and Kelly Osbourne at his AIDS Foundation soiree