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Just like the Oscar ceremony itself, the Elton John/Chopard party at the Pacific Design Center blended old-school elegance with MTV-like flagrancy.
There was John, singing happy birthday to 73-year-old Elizabeth Taylor (who gamely walked half the red carpet) as a two-tiered lavender cake was rolled in. Then, you had the Scissor Sisters doing covers of the party hosts’ standards.
The crowd included Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Josh Groban, Donald Trump and Jeffrey Katzenberg in the mix with Christina Aguilera, David LaChapelle and Sharon Osborne.
Although many said they liked the ceremony’s shift to younger host Chris Rock, they didn’t appreciate its drive for informality.
Joanne Horowitz, who manages Kevin Spacey and Michael Chiklis, echoed the words of several in the room when she said, “I didn’t mind all the nominees on the stage, but it bothered me that people had to accept in the aisle.” Less forgiving was Tara Reid, who remarked, “The aisle was ridiculous. If I ever win, I’m going up on that stage.”