Pampering and partying: the best behind-the-scenes Instagrams from the Oscars 2017

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One of the joys of social media is the insight it gives us into worlds we’d otherwise know little about – and rarely is that truer than on the night of the Oscars.

Everyone loves seeing Hollywood’s best and brightest in all their finery on the red carpet, but there’s something particularly fascinating about getting a glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes. So it’s lucky for us that the stars – plus their friends, families and assorted glam squads – are more than willing to oblige by posting their personal snaps on Instagram.

From the sheer volume of beauty products it takes to get Scarlett Johansson red carpet-ready, to Emma Stone’s exact lipstick shade and Michelle Williams’ bathroom selfies, here are the best Instagram snaps giving an insider’s look at the 2017 Oscars.

  • Emily Ratajkowski strikes a pose before hitting the red carpet

    “Oscars 2017”


  • Janelle Monae’s beauty squad get her ready

    #GlamSlam for the Android Maintenance Team #janellemonae


  • Stylist Kara Elkin reveals how Emma Roberts preps for a big night out

    “Before the party”


  • Best Supporting Actress nominee Naomie Harris shares a photo at the beginning of the getting-ready process…

    “Preparations for the #oscars begin early with a facial by @teresatarmey ! A moment to relax and reflect before the glamour and mayhem begins!!!”


  • … and when she’s ready to go

    “It takes a village!! The Final Look!”


  • Scarlett Johansson’s make-up artist revealed just how many products go into creating a red carpet-worthy look

    “First time doing makeup for the Oscars! Can you Guess Who?!? Thank You @Narsissist for bountiful stash of beauties”


  • Ruth Negga’s Oscars essentials, as revealed by her make-up artist Melanie Inglessis

    “She is out of the door!! #ruthnegga #oscars #bestactressnominee”


  • Jessica Biel was at the Oscars to support husband Justin Timberlake, who opened the show

    “#oscarsglamsquad aka my magicians @karayoshimotobua @hairbyadir”


  • Former Miss USA Olivia Culpo used her backstage Instagram snap to promote a good cause

    “Getting Oscars ready right now with @sirjohnofficial and @justinemarjan!!! I want to thank @stellaartois and @marchesafashion for making me feel like a princess and giving me the ability to spread the word about the global water crisis. Everyone should go to and buy a Chalice. Each one helps @water provide 5 years of clean water to someone in the developing world. Thank you all so much again #1Chalice5Years #OscarsSunday #sponsored”


  • Emma Stone’s make-up artist adds the finishing touches...

    “Painting some brick lips on this goddess tonight. #emmastone you couldn't be more beautiful if you tried. Audacious Lipstick in Mona by NARS #narsissist #mua #beauty #oscars"


  • ... and strikes a pose with her best friends, including actor Sugar Lyn Beard



  • Dakota Johnson’s stylist shared a close-up photo of the actor’s jewels and gown

    “@cartier & @gucci”


  • Kirsten Dunst’s undone updo is given a final spritz by hairdresser Adir Abergel

    “Capturing a final moment with my sweet Kirsten Dunst . We went with deconstructed texture into effortless chignon. #hairbyadir #oscarsbyadir #oscars2017 #kirstendunst”


  • Halle Berry’s best friend and stylist Lindsay Flores posts an atmospheric out-the-door shot

    “BOUT TO GO! #oscars2017”


  • Busy Phillips snaps a bathroom selfie with best friend, date and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams

    “Obligatory bathroom selfie.”


  • Chrissy Teigen shares a snap from the best spot at any party: the bar



  • Viola Davis celebrates her Best Supporting Actress win with her husband Julius Tennon and daughter Genesis

    “My family. Thank you everyone for your love and support!”


  • Helena Christensen parties with Jamie Dornan and his wife, actor Amelia Warner

    “3 shades of awesome”


  • Emma Stone celebrates with her best friends after winning the Best Actress award

    “#oscarandemmasfirstadventure #rosehues #bridesmaids #publicdisplayofaffection #roses #nakedgoldman”


  • Emma Roberts keeps it in the family

    LOVE my vintage @Armanidress & @swarovski jewels!! Thank you to @RedCarpetGreenDress for making this day special. #RCGD #Oscars2017 and oh hi Aunt Julia


  • Brie Larson gets emotional as she congratulates Emma Stone

    You know what's better than winning? Watching your friends win. @theacademy