As usual, the Atlantans lucky enough to attend Sir Elton John‘s 18th annual Oscar Party benefiting his Elton John AIDS Foundation tried not to blink Sunday night.
For fear of missing one of their favorite celebrities at the star-studded tented affair held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, naturally.
All evening, Atlantans, including Drs. Jeffrey and Nancy Gallups, Dr. Todd and Kasey Asarch, Sherry and Nick Hart, Marylin Johnson and EJAF Atlanta board member Barron Segar kept friends (and Intel) up to date with text messages, emails and tweets from the scene.
Keeping with tradition, Sir Elton went table to table greeting each attendee (the folks from his U.S. hometown were the recipients of hugs and kisses on each cheek).
The Peachtree Road resident had much to smile about.
The ardent movie buff’s Oscar picks were racking up the gold guys all night.
John loved the Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey blessed Best Picture underdog “Precious” and was rooting for Mo’Nique to take the gold for what he called her “spine-tingling” performance as the mama from hell.
The knighted Atlantan was also partial to “The Hurt Locker” and was hoping director Kathryn Bigelow would beat out ex-hubby and “Avatar” director James Cameron to make Oscar history as the first female director winner.
“The energy level is just so high this year,” Nancy Gallups told Intel.
The Gallups are long time EJAF donors and have seen the annual Oscar fundraiser face down recession-related obstacles in recent years.
“Last year was a little subdued due to the economy,” Gallups said. “But this year? Wow. It truly is the party to be at.”
To mark the occasion, Gallups debuted a fuschia-hued Valentino dress accented with Tiffany & Co jewels.
For Atlantan Kasey Asarch, the evening presented an opportunity to finally meet “Brothers & Sisters” actor Rob Lowe.
“This was a big deal for me!” she said. “As a teenager I had Rob Lowe posters on my bedroom wall. He couldn’t have been nicer and so handsome.”
Seated with Asarch and the Gallups? None other than Winter Olympics phenom Apollo Ohno.
Other celebs spotted at the eight-hour soiree included: Martin Scorsese, Victoria Beckham and Heidi Klum (who were seated with Sir Elton), Miley Cyrus (who snuck in a bag of In N Out burgers fresh from her Oscars presenting gig), Jamie Foxx, “Glee” stars Lea Michele and Cory Monteith, Salma Hayek, Josh Groban, “American Idol” judges Simon Cowell and Kara DioGuardi and “AI” winner Kris Allen.
Sir Elton and guests dined on risotto carnaroli, Wahoo New York strip, seasonal salad and crispy milk chocolate bar for dessert.
The evening’s super secret musical guest: Sir Elton’s old pal Grace Jones.
The R&B singer and actress performed selections from her critically acclaimed album, “Hurricane” (Elton himself raved to us about the import only release and hopes the praise worthy disc will soon surface stateside).
The evening’s live auction alone raised a whopping $885,000 for the EJAF.