Live from the red carpet: Sir Elton John and David Furnish's 17th Annual Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party

Posted by Dean Piper On February 23rd, 2009

For the third year running I’m thrilled to be live from the red carpet at Sir Elton John’s incredible Oscar Viewing Party. It’s the 17th annual event that raises millions for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Last year it raised an impressive £5.1 million. And this year they are trying to go one better and make even more!
And the stars were out in full force at the Chopard, Jo and Raffy Manoukian and VH1 sponsored event.
The party host himself told me he was routing for Kate Winslet and Slumdog Millionaire at tonight’s Academy Awards. Sir Elton said: “Of course I’m hoping Kate wins for Best Actress – she’s had two incredible films this year and it’s about time she won an Oscar.” He also said he couldn’t wait for the evenings performer Raphael Saadiq to take to the stage and added: “Raphael released one of the best albums of last year – and my personal favourite.” There were rumours saying Amy Winehouse was being flown in as a surprise for guests – but that’s definitely not happening!
Elle Macpherson (in Cavalli) brought tailor Ozwald Boetang as her date, Sharon Stone wore Dior as she trotted down the carpet, Rikki Lake looked thin as hell in real life and Claire Danes and boy toy Hugh Dancy avoided the press – and in turn avoided being asked about THOSE pregnancy rumours! She was stick thin so if there is a pregnancy then we are talking big time early days.
Victoria Beckham turned out wearing one of her own frocks and brought Desperate Housewive along as her date. The pair didn’t talk to any press either! One sneaky BBC journalist ran after her and asked her a couple of questions right in front of me and as Victoria started to turn and walk away the journalist said: “And what about Jade Goody? Do you have a comment?” She turned on her heel and ran off. I guess not then….
Victoria was very covered up – no boobs or legs on show. No doubt Posh will be hanging out with her pal Kate Beckinsale who arrived shortly after with hubby Len Wiseman.
The big appearance people were talking was Jordan and Peter Andre. Well, I was talking about it – but nobody else really seemed that arsed. She looked OK in a black dress – and they seemed to work the red carpet for all it was worth, stopping for absolutely every press station……! She was banging on about loving America – all of that you can read next week in Closer. I really would love to be a fly on the wall inside the dinner to see if Posh and Jordan meet and kiss and make up. They’ve been feuding for years!
Other sightings on the Elton John red carpet included Gordon and Tana Ramsay (the couple’s first big public appearance since the cheating claims!), Dita Von Teese, Chace Crawford, Chris Noth (who told me the Sex and the City is on – but far from shooting), Carrie Underwood, Natasha Bedingfield, Eric McCormack, Hairspray genius John Waters, Rosanna Arquette, Tim Allen, T.R. Knight, Kiefer Sutherland, Josh Groban, Quincy Jones and Taye Diggs.

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