Oscars 2014: Sneak peek inside the Governors Ball

Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and Wolfang Puck attend the 86th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball press preview at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on Feb. 20, 2014, in Hollywood, Calif. Matt Petit/A.M.P.A.S.

Once the red carpet's been walked and the awards handed out, it's time to party.

Some of Hollywood's biggest names will do just that Sunday night at the Governors Ball, the Academy's official post-Oscars soiree.

Some 1,500 guests -- including Oscar winners, presenters, performers and nominees -- have been invited to the gala, which will be held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom, on the top floor of the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles, immediately following the awards telecast. Those in attendance will be treated to nature-themed decor, a performance by John Legend, a menu from famed chef Wolfgang Puck, and plenty of bottles of bubbly (1,350 bottles of Thienot Champagne, to be exact).

The theme for this year's event is the "transcendent wonder of nature," the academy said, and the decor will follow suit -- with "lush vertical gardens designed with classic, elegant lines, inviting guests to meet, mingle and celebrate under the stars."

The menu, created by Puck with chef Matt Bencivenga, boasts more than 50 dishes from one-bite hors d'oeuvres to small-plate entrees that will be passed throughout the evening and incorporate local produce and sustainable seafood. Among those will be favorites like smoked salmon on Oscar-shaped flatbreads, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles and mini American Wagyu burgers with aged cheddar and remoulade.

Those looking to satisfy a sweet tooth won't be disappointed, either. Dessert offerings will include chocolate-dipped strawberry cheesecake pops, citrus panna cotta with "funky chunky chocolate popcorn" and a cake honoring Puck's 20th year crafting the Governors Ball menu.

All told, per the academy, it takes 950 staffers and 350 members of culinary staff, 13,000 beverage glasses, 4,500 bamboo skewers, 28,000 square feet of ceiling fabric, 16 gallons of environmentally-friendly custom paint, 10,000 flowers, 66 moss patches and 2,180 man hours to pull together the big post-Oscar bash, not to mention the 2,400 bottles of wine, 6,500 wood-fired Oscar-shaped flatbreads, 1,300 farmed oysters, 5 kilos of American farm-raised caviar, 600 Maine lobsters, 2,000 chocolate truffles, 1,200 cupcakes and 5,000 mini chocolate Oscars that guests will get to enjoy.

The 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, air live this Sunday night starting at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

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  • Jessica Derschowitz

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