Many of Hollywood's biggest stars headed out to LA's California Science Center last night for the annual Heaven Gala thrown by the Art of Elysium, the organization dedicated to getting artists to volunteer their talents to help children battling serious medical conditions. James Franco was on hand to receive the Spirit of Elysium award for his dedication to the charity, and we snagged a minute with him on the red carpet before he headed inside for the cocktail hour — he confided that his preparation for hosting the Oscars with Anne Hathaway is going well. He's made the award season rounds after getting lots of critical love for his role in 127 Hours, but his personal faves of the year were The Town, Inception, and I Am Love. A Rodarte-clad Kirsten Dunst and a Zac Posen-wearing Rachel Bilson also smiled for the cameras, while Nicole Richie experimented with a bold '20s look — check out Fab's picks for the top 20 outfits of the evening! Rachel was feeling under the weather, but she still turned out to lend her name to a cause she told us is very near to her heart. Brad Goreski made a dapper appearance, and he mentioned that he's been super busy jet-setting around the world working on his brand new styling gigs. Jesse Tyler Fergusson and Jennifer Love Hewitt shared their excitement for tonight's Golden Globes, and True Blood hunk Joe Manganiello lovingly smiled for the cameras with his wife-to-be Audra Marie. Leighton Meester showed a little skin in her deep V sequined gown, but she had to skip out on the actual event, which included dinner and a Vogue-sponsored fashion show. Stay tuned for more pictures to come from inside, where Jake Gyllenhaal made a hot cameo!
James Franco Picks Up His Latest Honor at the Art of Elysium's Gala With Kirsten, Leighton, Nicole, and Rachel