From backstage snacks to last-minute beauty prep: behind the scenes at the 2016 Oscars

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Sofia Vergara is a woman after our own hearts, as she made herself firmly at home with the green room snacks at last night's Oscars.

A pregnant Anne Hathaway gave a shout-out to her Hollywood cohorts from home while the celebrations continued long into the night as stars including Lady Gaga and Gwen Stefani headed to the after parties.

Come dive in with all the best behind-the-scene Instagram images from the biggest night in the showbiz calendar...

(Take a look at Oscars red carpet highlights here and winners - including Kate Winslet's tears of joy over Leo DiCaprio's triumph - here).

  • Reese Witherspoon stops for a snap with Kerry Washington

    #AboutLastNight...with @kerrywashington  on the #redcarpet #Oscars


  • Diane Kruger gets stuck in

    Pure grace and elegance


  • Lancome share a close-up of Kate Winslet's make-up look

    Here's an exclusive look at our lovely Ambassadress, Kate Winslet moments before stepping onto the#Oscars red carpet. In a word, perfection!


  • Taylor Swift poses for a portrait with her brother and Lorde

    I feel like we achieved our goal of looking like we're in a new primetime drama series called Family Secrets.

    @lordemusic @austinkingsleyswift 
    Thanks @markseliger!


  • Kate Hudson is in a whirl

    Last night got me all like.... (Repost @derekblasberg ) #OscarParty


  • ...and opts for quick lie down

    Always wonderful to see and be shot by @markseliger Been a while buddy  #VFOscarParty


  • Lady Gaga glows after her performance

    Thank you to the survivors for putting that smile back on my face. Your strength set me free because I knew I wasn't alone.


  • Cate Blanchett's stylist captures her with a smile

    Starfish and a smile..#CateBlanchett off to the Oscars in@tiffanyandco and @armani Prive  @robertvetica @jeaninelobell @katiebof


  • ... before she gets a little help from Rooney Mara on the red carpet

    @rooneyymarataking a moment on the #RedCarpet to adjust the train of the dress on #Carolco-star Cate Blanchett


  • Gwen Stefani parties with Lady Gaga

    sexy Gwen Stefani in Yanina Couture and Lady Gaga #GwenStefani #oscars2016 #vanityfairparty #vanityfair #yaninacouture #oscars


  • Sofia Vergara does the sensible thing and grabs a bite backstage...

    Oscars greenroom


  • ... and appears to get starstruck

  • Kate Hudson opts for some panda-eyed pampering

    Kate Hudson on snapchat

  • Reese Witherspoon's prep involves what ours would: food

    Oscars #Prep


  • ... and she takes some time backstage to make those all-important Hollywood contacts

    Making friends backstage at the #oscars. #starwars #bb8


  • ... before posing on the red carpet for a selfie

    What a night! Congrats to all the winners!! #oscars


  • Lady Gaga pays emotional tribute to her man

    I never thought anyone would ever love me because I felt like my body was ruined by my abuser. But he loves the survivor in me. He's stood by me all night proud and unashamedly. THATS a real man.


  • ...and to the women who took to the stage with her

    Thank you for standing next to me on stage. Thank you for all the things you said, for listening to my story and sharing yours. I will never forget it. 50 survivors, so brave, relentless determination.


  • Chrissy Teigen gets some last-minute beading

    #Oscars belly


  • ...and shows off her messy braids

    #BTS with the beautiful#ChrissyTeigen for todays #Oscars using @tresemme #BeautyFullVolumeHairSpray #academyawards #reverseyourroutine  #Braids @conair


  • Anne Hathaway lends her support from home

    Favorite Oscar day ever.
    Good luck to everyone at the show! #oscars


  • Brie Larson is elated

  • Kerry Washington pays attention to the details

    Sneak peek mani pic. #kerry4opi


  • Sam Smith gets some family support ahead of his win

    Thanks dad for the good luck present


  • Giuliana Rancic gets her game face on

    Going for a softer look today with @styledbyhrush and excited for Oscars Sunday! See you all at 1:30 PT / 4:30 ET #eredcarpet


  • ... and celebrates 10 years with work husband Ryan Seacrest

    Awww! @ryanseacrest surprised me with this gift for our 10 year #eredcarpet anniversary! Hope @billrancic doesn't mind sleeping with this under our pillow every night.


  • Liev Schreiber gets to grips with his dickie bow...

    Not bad given we only had two and a half hours... I spent at least 2:15 on the bow tie.
    @spotlightmovie @official.oscars @naomiwatts @lievschreiber


  • ... and stars gather for his snap

  • Naomi Watts shares her beauty prep

    Getting #oscarready! This is my #rougeenvy color from @lorealmakeup, and a little touch of sparkle from @bulgariofficial
    #Naomi4LOreal #Oscars @cervandohair @hungvanngo


  • Leonardo DiCaprio gets in with the chef

    Best of luck tonight, Leo!
    #WPCatering #Oscars


  • Heidi Klum has a team on-hand

    Getting ready for the Oscars thanks to my amazing team @marchesafashion @missnewbark 


    @lorraineschwartz @lindahaymakeup @wendyiles_hair


  • ...and shows off some serious bling

    Shine bright like a diamond @lorraineschwartz


  • Mindy Kaling keeps it real

    Forget the red carpet, heres how I look in my bedroom by my shelf of sweatpants! I am in an Elizabeth Kennedy gown, @ferragamo shoes, @effyjewelry, @prada clutch. Styled by @cristinaehrlich, who doesn't sleep.


  • Charlize Theron gives a shout-out to her team

    Huge thank you to my incredible team today - So much love for you guys @enzoangileri  @francescatolot  @lesliefremar @mollyddickson @dior @harrywinston #oscars2016


  • Olivia Culpo has a hair emergency

    When you mess up your hair 2 min into #oscars.... Oh snap. It looked cool for a minute I swear. @clarisshairdon't kill me @smashleybell


  • ...and turns to fellow actress Ashley Madekwe for a quick fix

    This was taken after @smashleybell fixed my hair with a table fork and some leftover Bobbi pins. Impressive, right?!?!?!?!? #VICTORY #littlemermaidstyle


  • ...but still finds some for some puppy love

    This is what I like to call a CUTE EMERGENCY. Holy $&@"@@$&""@&. Wow. So cute. I died a little @wagsandwalks #oscars 
    #Repost @wagsandwalks with @repostapp.
    We have the same reaction when we see a #puppy too, @oliviaculpo! #ERedCarpet #TheOscars


  • Alicia Vikander reflects on a huge night



  • The awards line up backstage

    Here's a little peek at all the backstage action #oscars


  • Jacob Tremblay hitches a ride with his parents

    In the car! #Oscars


  • ...and stops for a pic with Daisy Ridley

    Met #Rey, she is awesome, but @daisyridley is even cooler! #oscars #roomthemovie#starwars


  • Priyanka Chopra dazzles in diamonds

    Diamonds are a girls best friend.. #Oscars


  • Kelly Osbourne parties with Caitlyn Jenner

    What's not to love about @caitlynjenner?


  • Sophie Turner has a rather mellow start



  • ...before getting her hair styled in soft waves

    #BTS with the beautiful #SophieTurner for #Todays #Oscars #makeup @georgieeisdell #styling @rebeccacorbinmurray #dress @galvanlondon #hair me using @kenraprofessional @ultabeauty #KenraVolumeSpray #LoveKenra25


  • ...and then changes to a plaited do for the Vanity Fair party

    #BTS with the beautiful @sophiet for tonight's #VanityFair party #makeup @georgieeisdell #styling @rebeccacorbinmurray #dress @galvanlondon #oscars #academyawards #SophieTurner #braid


  • Lily Cole gets primped as she heads out the door

    @sandyphanstyle making the final touches to the amazing @lilycole pre-red carpet! We love this stunning eco-conscious look. Great work @redcarpetgreendress! #oscars2016 #oscars  #greenisthenewblack  #redcarpetgreendress  #RCGD2016  #RCGD #ecoluxury #eco #ecofashion  #luxandeco 


  • Fashion designer Rachel Zoe celebrates Leonardo Di Caprio's triumph

    No one deserves this Oscar like @leonardodicaprio Congratulations!! #therevenant #oneofthegreatestofourtime #oscars2016


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Amy Swales

Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.