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Across town, Elton John held his 16th annual Academy Award viewing party, sponsored by Chopard and benefiting his Elton John AIDS Foundation. Sharon Stone showed up to the Pacific Design Center to schmooze with Simon Cowell, Minnie Driver fueled pregnancy rumors with an Empire-waist gown, and John hugged or politely planted a kiss on the forehead of nearly every attendee.
Sean Penn loudly predicted that Daniel Day-Lewis would win best actor before the Englishman claimed the prize. And best actress Marion Cotillard, who stopped by post-ceremony with Oscar in tow, received the loudest applause of the evening — of course much of it was coming from the Chopard table (the jeweler has dressed five female Oscar winners in a row).
Cotillard was one of the few actresses this year in even slightly fashiony frocks, in part because everyone is so terrified of winding up on a worst dressed list. "Stylists have ruined everything," said John Waters, who watched the broadcast from a table nearby. "Nobody wants to be Björk. I love Björk. We need Björk."