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Oscar parties a family affair

March 1, 2004
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Hollywood's biggest event of the year is followed by the most glamorous celebrations of the year, with Tinseltown superstars hitting the party circuit into the wee hours following the Academy Awards.

But in 2004, the post-Oscar bashes – whether the Governors Ball, the Vanity Fair party or Elton John's annual AIDS benefit – were definitely family affairs. The only accessory more prized than a golden boy seemed to be parents, children, spouses and partners.

Johnny Depp, Clint Eastwood and Sean Penn all brought their mothers along for the special night, while film legend Francis Ford Coppola was spotted planting a kiss on daughter Sofia Coppola as she clutched her best screenplay gong.

While the average parent might take their children to the movies or the amusement park, stars like Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, who are now both Oscar winners, brought their kids to the Oscars. Sting and Trudie Styler were accompanied by their daughter, while Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were a red carpet team with their famous kids, Kelly and Jack.

And with so many starry-eyed couples on the scene, it seems like the string of gala affairs is also the perfect place for romance. Oscar-winner Charlize Theron held onto her boyfriend actor Stuart Townsend as tightly as she did her newly-minted Academy Award. Jude Law and girlfriend Sienna Miller were hand-in-hand, Will Smith was inseparable from wife Jada Pinkett, and Liv Tyler enjoyed the Governors Ball at the side of her husband, Royston Langdon.

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Best actor nominee Johnny Depp had two dates - his mum (above) and his partner Vanessa Paradisy
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Sting was also escorted by a pair of lovely ladies - wife Trudie Styler and daughter Coco (above)

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