Even though the action was on stage, backstage seemed like the place to be during the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday.

Photographers captured some intimate moments away from the TV spectacle. Tension, relief and jubilation all played out in the controlled chaos of backstage.

Take a look.

Sarah Silverman backstage at the Oscars

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Director Gabriel Osorio Vargas (L) and producer Pato Escala Pierart, winners of Best Animated Short Film for ‘Bear Story.’

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Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, winners of the award for Best Original Screenplay for ‘Spotlight,’

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