Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stepped out Saturday night to attend the Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles – and observers say the couple were as happy as can be.
"They looked very giggly," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
Pitt, who was at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza to introduce his Inglourious Basterds director Quentin Tarantino, was an attentive companion to Jolie, a surprise guest, who wore a gray, single-shoulder Elie Saab gown with gold hoop earrings by Ofira Schwartz, Stuart Weitzman shoes and a vintage bag.
Pitt, whose curious beard has been trimmed, pulled Jolie's chair out for her and touched her back throughout the night as they chatted animatedly with Tarantino at a table of colleagues from the film.
"They look like they are having a fun time," says an onlooker of the couple as they worked the room. "It's definitely a date."
And the Winner Is ...Pitt gave a warm introduction to his director, complete with a spot-on Tarantino impersonation, but Basterds didn't take the top prize. Instead, it went to The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow, who is the first woman to win the feature film award, which almost always predicts the Best Director winner at the Oscars.
Jolie wasn't the only unexpected star to show up Saturday. The other one was Cher, who was a surprise "trophy girl" for lifetime achievement winner Norman Jewison, her Moonstruck director.
It was a long night, lasting more than four hours, but Pitt and Jolie, who stayed close the entire time, didn't seem to mind.
"They were extremely affectionate," says an onlooker.