Oscars Night Scene and Heard: Charlie Sheen at Elton John AIDS Foundation Party in T-Shirt of His Own Face (Photos)

Inside Elton John‘s viewing party with Mariah Carey, Caitlyn Jenner and Hilary Swank, and swimming in the flood of gold statues at “Spotlight’s” victory party

Next to scoring a seat at the Dolby Theatre for the Oscars itself, Hollywood’s preferred station for consuming the Chris Rock-hosted telecast was Elton John‘s annual Oscar night viewing party and fundraiser.

Along with a heated Oscar pool that Eric McCormack‘s wife won), guests included past Oscar winners such as Hilary Swank, current luminaries like Caitlyn Jenner and Lea Michele, and a heavy dose of musicians (Lana del Rey, Mariah Carey, Boy George, Steven Tyler, Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan and Dave Grohl).

The room collectively cheered for Lady Gaga, had group-shock at Mark Rylance‘s Best Supporting Actor win over Sylvester Stallone, and emptied their wallets to raise $6.2 million.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Writer/Director Tom McCarthy, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Writer Josh Singer and Open Road's Tom Ortenberg attend the SPOTLIGHT Oscar After-Party Hosted By Open Road, Participant Media, And First Look Media on February 28, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Participant Media)

Tom McCarthy, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Josh Singer and Tom Ortenberg celebrate. (Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Participant Media)

After the telecast ended, the party circuit moved on to “Spotlight’s” victory party, a wall-to-wall bash where appropriately, the crowd included a lot of journalists.

See below for the hottest moments of the night.

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Brie Larson at the Governors Ball getting her Oscar personalized (Kevork Djansezian for AMPAS for Getty Images)

4:46 p.m.
Arriving at Elton JohnRussell Simmons is wearing Adidas sneakers with his suit.

Kelly Osbourne with Mariah Carey (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for EJAF)

4:57 p.m.
A talent escort plucks Melanie Griffith out of line to thrust her to the red carpet. Mariah Carey is just ahead with what appears to be her own video crew.

6:45 p.m.
Sir Elton does not determine the seating at his head table until the day of the event, organizers have told TheWrap in the past. On Sunday night, it’s heavy on musicians. Beck sits on John’s right, Sheryl Crowe on his left, and Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge is there too. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft would be the odd man out professionally at this musical head table, but he’s hosting Beyonce at Gillette Stadium in June, so that counts.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Fashion designer Zac Posen, model Heidi Klum and tv personality Caitlyn Jenner attend the 24th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 28, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for EJAF) *** Local Caption *** Caitlyn Jenner;Heidi Klum;Zac Posen

Zac Posen, Heidi Klum and Caitlyn Jenner. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for EJAF)

7:02 p.m.
Makeup company MAC also has hot pod of tables. Caitlyn Jenner, who announced a business partnership with the company last week, sits next to Estee Lauder Executive President John Demsey. Zac Posen and Dita Von Teese round out this table, as Mariah Carey anchors a second table next door.

8:14 p.m.
During Lady Gaga‘s performance, Elton John is glued to the screen. The two put on a surprise concert on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood the day before to thank the city for their support of the foundation. Later in the night, Elton would escort Gaga down the carpet at Vanity Fair.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Singer Steven Tyler attends Bulgari at the 24th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 28, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for Bulgari) *** Local Caption *** Steven Tyler

Five nights at Steven Tyler’s Maui pad went for $80,000. (Venturelli/Getty Images for Bulgari)

9:09 p.m.
Steven Tyler personally hawks a five-day stay at his “Maui Happy Place,” a mansion on the Hawaiian island. “It’s big enough to entertain Charlie Sheen and his entire entourage,” Tyler jokes to the crowd, as it sells for $80,000 during a live auction. On the whole, the “Wonderful Crazy Night” — named in honor of Elton’s new album — raises $6.2 million.

9:21 p.m.
Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank slides a ring off her finger and gives it to the auctioneer. After the gavel falls on it for $40,000, she hugs Russell Simmons before going back to her seat.

9:40 p.m.
“South Park” creator Trey Parker is in the mix bidding for two tickets to leave Elton John and go to the Vanity Fair party in Beverly Hills. The “cars are revving,” the auctioneer taunts. Parker drops out before the tickets sell for $110,000.

9:58 p.m.
Vince Vaughn is in the crush of guests arriving in the second wave of the night for Elton’s live performance.

Earlier at the Governors Ball, McCarthy's statue was not wandering. (AMPAS)

Earlier at the Governors Ball, Tom McCarthy and his statuette (AMPAS)

10:10 p.m.
Over at Palihouse in West Hollywood, the lobby bar is packed awaiting the arrival of the “Spotlight” victors.

 

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10:12 p.m.
After a wardrobe change from earlier in the night, Elton is performing classics like “Tiny Dancer” and sprinkling in new songs from “Wonderful Crazy Night.” He’ll change back in to his original outfit for Vanity Fair.

11:04 p.m.
Nearly an hour later, the Open Road/Participant/First Look Media/Anonymous Content crowd is still waiting on the winners in a crescent shape at the bottom of the stairs …

11:12 p.m.
… and Brian D’Arcy James (who played Boston Globe reporter Matt Carroll) is the first cast member to arrive. A big “whoop” goes up in the room. Meanwhile at Elton John, Charlie Sheen has arrived.

11:16 p.m.
Victorious Best Picture Producer Steve Golin brings the first trophy to the “Spotlight” party.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Writer Josh Singer and Producer Michael Sugar attend the SPOTLIGHT Oscar After-Party Hosted By Open Road, Participant Media, And First Look Media on February 28, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Participant Media)

Josh Singer plants one on Michael Sugar (Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Participant Media)

11:18 p.m.
Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg and Boston Globe reporter Mike Rezendes arrive together to huge cheers. Rezendes tells TheWrap he was “shocked” to hear Morgan Freeman call their name.

12:41 a.m.
D’Arcy James leans in to Bob Gersh: “I’m going to Vanity Fair. See you there?”

12:46 a.m.
TheWrap asks “Spotlight” director and Original Screenplay winner Tom McCarthy, “Where’s your gold?” as he flits from group to group.

“It’s wandering,” he says.

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