Ryan Seacrest
talked to The Dish Rag as he arrived late at Elton John’s post-Oscar bash. He talks about Penelope Cruz, Sean Penn, Hugh Jackman’s hosting skills, Oscar fashion and giving Simon Cowell a ride home.

What was the highlight for you tonight?

RS: "I was very happy to see Penelope Cruz win for ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona.’ I liked that movie a lot.  I thought Sean Penn definitely deserved to win for the movie ‘Milk.’  But I think a lot of people thought Mickey Rourke was going to take that award. Oh, and I really liked the way they gave away the lead actor and lead actress awards tonight."

You saw all the stars on the red carpet — who was the best dressed?

RS: "You know, I actually — from the people I spoke to, I don’t think anyone made a fashion mistake.  I mean, I’m not a fashion guru, but I don’t think anyone made a tragic mistake on the red carpet."

Did you get the chance to see Hugh Jackman host?

RS: "I did see Hugh.  He was the perfect choice — so likable, so charming — great when he did the opening number. Very funny, and extremely poised and relaxed. I always try to see if you can see the nerves on someone when they’re on live TV, but you couldn’t tell at all if he was nervous."

Now, this must be past your bedtime. What brings you to Elton John’s party tonight?

RS: "Simon Cowell kept texting me, saying, ‘I need you here.  I need you here. We miss you.’  And so Randy [Jackson] and I decided to come save him and drive him home."

Uh-oh. Was Simon tippling too much?

Reporting: Sal Morgan

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Photo: Ben Stiller (a.k.a. Joaquin Phoenix) and Ryan Seacrest pal around at the Elton John bash. WireImage

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