Forget the gossip mags - celebrities attending the Oscars and associated after-parties gave fans backstage passes by publishing messages, videos and pictures on their Twitter accounts throughout the evening.
After years of dealing with the media mangling their words, stars are now creating a direct dialogue with fans.
The combination of Twitter, which allows people to post short messages directly from their mobile phones, and alcohol, led to surprisingly candid postings from the Oscar festivities.
Ashton Kutcher and wife Demi Moore were by far the most prolific Oscar Twitterers. They didn't attend the awards ceremony but hosted an Oscars after-party attended by some of the biggest stars.
Using the Qik video online service, Kutcher posted two amateur videos during the party, one of Combs dancing to Prince's Kiss and another of Moore. He also published a clip of the couple relaxing at home before the party.
The postings humanised the stars, who are typically seen only in a pristine, staged environment.
"Coolest moment of the night ... Meeting Jack [Nicholson,] holding penelopes oscar and watching joe Pesci send back 3 martinis because they were sub par," Kutcher wrote on Twitter.
"I am so tired 2day & my feet R killing me from dancing but I think it was rockin' shindig & everyone seemed 2 have a gr8 time! Nap time?," Moore wrote once the festivities were over.
As the night dragged on and more alcohol was consumed, Combs decided to run a bubble bath.
"I'm holding an oscar rt now and takin a bubble bath!!!! God is great!!! Let's go people," Combs wrote on his Twitter page.
American musician John Mayer attended the awards with girlfriend Jennifer Anniston and in a Twitter message before the event bragged about how good he looked in his tuxedo.
Later, he published a cryptic message praising some of the stars he attended the Oscars with: "Soulful celebrities that know how to feed a heart and not steal - Short, Long, Berry, Kidman/Urban, Black, Rossdale/Stefani, and of course JA [Jennifer Aniston]."
Miley Cirus, the 16-year-old actress who starred in Disney's Hannah Montana television series, wrote that she was "in love with the musical medley" at the Oscars but was "astonished" Angelina Jolie did not win an award.
"HOME! Headache, neck ache, sneezeys& sniffles, & tired.Haha & my poor family has to listen to me complain.. might sleep soon," she wrote after returning home from the show.
Hollywood reporter Ryan Seacrest tweeted his observations from the red carpet, including that Kate Winslet was nervous before the show ("she clinched my hand so tightly") and that Mickey Rourke wore a picture of his dead dog around his neck.
"Ever wonder what happens if someone has to go to the bathroom on the carpet? Theres a portapotty behind the fan stands. Now you know," Seacrest wrote.
Fran Drescher, best known for her work in the '90s on The Nanny, wrote: "@ the Oscars w the boyfriend. My dogs r killing me."
Jane Fonda penned several Twitter posts throughout the evening. She praised Hugh Jackman's good looks and said she loved the documentary Man On Wire.
"Well, Heath's winning and his family accepting on his behalf made me cry," she wrote.
"Very impressed with Hugh Jackman. Only seen him in 'Australia' till now. A real showman of the old school variety."
Other celebrities with Twitter accounts include Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elijah Wood, John Cleese, Michael Phelps, US President Barack Obama, MC Hammer and basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal.
O'Neal recently had lunch with several of his Twitter fans after posting that he was at a Pheonix diner.
A website, celebritytweet.com, aggregates all celebrity Twitter posts in one place and invites web users to "stalk celebrities on Twitter".
- Sydney Morning Herald