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Tonight I won an Oscar! Tender and touching photos of A-listers celebrating their big win

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It's a career defining moment that will shape their future and their fortunes.

So it's little wonder that the night of an Oscar win is a blur of celebration, champagne and congratulatory hugs for most stars.

But in amongst the chaos and the clamouring, there are rare tender moments with cherished family and friends as the stars begin to contemplate that they are now among a very small elite of people who will go down in history as one of the great. 

So in honour of this Sunday's ceremony, we have taken a look at the most touching candid pictures of the stars celebrating the biggest night of their lives. 

  • Helen Mirren shares a moment with her Taylor Hackford

    Won: Best actress for her role in The Queen

    Year: 2007

  • Jennifer Lawrence gets her Oscars polished

    Won: Best actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook

    Year: 2013

  • Gwyneth Paltrow embraces her dad

    Won: Best actress for her role in Shakespeare in Love

    Year: 1999

  • Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves look happy as he gets his Oscar engraved

    Won: Best actor for his role in Dallas Buyers' Club

    Year: 2014

  • Rachel Weisz checks out her statue

    Won: Best supporting actress for her role in The Constant Gardener 

    Year: 2006

  • Reese Witherspoon and her mum celebrate her win

    Won: Best actress for her role in Walk The Line

    Year: 2006

  • Meryl Streep and Octavia Spencer sweet hug

    Won: Best actress for her role in The Iron Lady

    Year: 2012

  • Kate Winslet gets a hug from Sophia Loren

    Won: Best actress for her role in The Reader

    Year: 2009

  • Jude Dench smiles with her Oscars in hand

    Won: Best actress in a supporting role in Shakespeare in Love

    Year: 1999

  • Jack Nicholson looking a little worse for wear at the Sony after-party

    Won: Best actor in As Good As It Gets

    Year: 1998

  • Halle Berry looking ecstatic with then husband Eric Benet with her Oscar in hand

    Won: Best actress for her role in Monster's Ball

    Year: 2002 

  • Nicole Kidman giggles with Adrien Brody

    Won: Best actress for her role in The Hours

    Year: 2003

  • Hilary Swank does a victory dance

    Won: Best actress for Boys Don't Cry

    Year: 2000

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