Elton John’s 2001 Oscars Social gathering Was a Scorching Mess (Within the Finest Approach)

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The ongoing pandemic means there won’t be as many post-party Oscars this year. Vanity Fair instead canceled their famous game in lieu of a live streaming series of “Cocktail Hours”. If you hadn’t noticed, Oscar parties wouldn’t be what they used to be. At least the photos aren’t of them. In recent years, two of the after parties have been hosted by Madonna and Beyoncé. Each implements a “No Photos Allowed” rule (with only a few notable exceptions). That means the stars can let their hair down, take off their shoes, and not have to worry about being surprised by a rogue party pap. That wasn’t the case twenty years ago. Elton John’s annual bash (which he still hosts) was one of the hottest tickets in town, and the photographers had a free hand over the event.

As it stands, his 2001 edition of the party was an absolutely hot mess – and we mean that as best as we can. Where else could you see Whitney Houston, John Waters and Pamela Anderson at the same event? Some of this year’s Oscar winners, like Russell Crowe, showed up, but they barely seemed like the life of the party. In fact, nobody seems to have had more fun than Leann Rimes and Andrew Keegan, a 90s teenager who were dating at the time.

In the words of Stefon from Saturday Night Live, this party had it all …

Pamela Anderson and Elizabeth Hurley recreate the famous photo of Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield.

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A brunette Heidi Klum and a very glamorous Jenny McCarthy play kissing face.

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Erika Christensen and Tara Reid were involved in the most profound conversations.

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Whitney Houston looks absolutely radiant.

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John Waters won a Chopard watch for some reason.

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Donatella Versace at its peak “Donatella Versace”.

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Of course, Nelly Furtado appeared.

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Pamela Anderson and Tim Allen have a home improvement meeting.

Does anyone remember being with Home Improvement before booking Baywatch?

Mimi Rogers, Trudie Styler and Sigourney Weaver form a circle of power.

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Molly Sims and Taye Diggs have an intense conversation about being likely sex symbols of the 90s.

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Michael Bolton? Well, he was absolutely there too!

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Renee Zellweger looks absolutely stunning in yellow.

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Bridget and Peter Fonda meet with Dwight Yoakam.

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Bridget and Dwight were dating at the time that probably no one remembers. Such pairings were kind of a mood back then. Do you remember Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett or Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton?

It was a VIP party in the early 00’s so P. Diddy (known as Puffy at the time) was required to attend.

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Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones had only been married a few months at the time this photo was taken.

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and a lot of people didn’t think it would last.

Dionne Warwick, the current queen of Twitter, was there.

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Leann Rimes, Andrew Keegan and kd Lang.

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Leann Rimes, Andrew Keegan and Jenna Elfman.

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Leann Rimes, Andrew Keegan and John Leguizamo.

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… And inevitably, Leann Rimes and Andrew Keegan are absolutely ready for the night.

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