February 22nd, 2009
11:59 PM ET

Cheers for 'Milk'

As you can imagine, this party - which has raised over $150 million over the years to fight AIDS - is full of a number of gay men. They, as as well as all the other guests, just screamed with joy when Sean Penn got the Oscar.

One AIDS activist sitting at my table, a man who lives in San Francisco, explained how the production of "Milk" came to the city and engaged the gay community in the shooting of the film, including giving history lessons to those who grew up after the Milk story.

– Sarah Holbrooke, CNN Senior Editorial Producer, at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party


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February 22nd, 2009
11:08 PM ET

Kate's great hair

There are a lot of great-looking people in this room. But one of the most outstanding is Kate Beckinsale, whose hair is absolutely a confection. It's a tower of black glossy curls, and while it has much more volume than her slender face, it all works.

She's sitting at a table that burst into spontaneous applause as Jerry Lewis finished his acceptance speech.

– Sarah Holbrooke, CNN Senior Editorial Producer, at the Elton John AIDS Foundation party


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February 22nd, 2009
10:50 PM ET

Getting hot in here

The party is in a huge tent - it has "never been air-conditioned," says host David Furnish. It's gotten pretty hot in here. Luckily the portable toilets are just outside where it's considerably cooler - so, as you can imagine, the lines are long.

Among those inside and outside the party: an exuberant Ricki Lake and Elle Macpherson, who was thrilled when Heath Ledger won.

– Sarah Holbrooke, CNN Senior Editorial Producer, at the Elton John AIDS Foundation party


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February 22nd, 2009
09:46 PM ET

Meeting Sir Elton

Sir John is making his way around the room with his partner David Furnish and they are personally greeting every one of the 700 guests here. Elton is wearing two diamond necklaces and sunglasses inside but you can still see the sparkle in his eyes.
– Sarah Holbrooke, CNN Senior Editorial Producer, at the Elton John AIDS Foundation party


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February 22nd, 2009
08:03 PM ET

At Elton John's party: Stars arrive

Editor's Note: CNN Senior Editorial Producer Sarah Holbrooke is attending the 17th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) Academy Awards Viewing Party at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California. She'll be filing dispatches from the party throughout the evening.

Sharon Stone just arrived with a great structural hair up-sweep and an elegant long black gown. Certainly not sporting anything from the Gap this Oscars. I will try to find out what she's wearing - it's lovely, and so is she.

Three women arriving separately are each wearing cherry-red gowns - different styles but almost exactly the same color. Definitely red is the trend thus far, although of course black dominates.

- Sarah Holbrooke


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February 22nd, 2009
12:27 PM ET

Tell us about the Oscars!

Stay in tune with the Oscars by coming to the Marquee Blog and watching CNN on Sunday!

CNN.com’s Jacque Wilson is live-blogging from the red carpet starting at 5 p.m. ET, and “Hollywood’s Gold Rush” will air live on CNN Sunday night at 7 p.m. ET. While hosts Brooke Anderson, Kareen Wynter and AJ Hammer look over the red carpet, you’ll have an opportunity to comment on the gorgeous gowns, natty tuxes or out-of-place fashion faux pas. So watch the show and come by the blog — your comment may appear on CNN!


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