Girl With the Pearl Paddle?

On Wednesday night, the stars turned out at Siren Studios in Hollywood to kick off Academy Awards season and support the third-annual Pieces of Heaven Benefit Auction. Pouty starlet Scarlett Johansson hosted the glam event, which offered up artworks by the likes of starchitect Frank Gehry, late fashion lensman Helmut Newton, and Jonathan Yeo — familiar to L.A. audiences as the man behind the "Porno Sarah Palin" art last year — among 75 other works by both emerging and established artists. According to various reports, Johansson even placed a few bids herself.


The art benefit was for a good cause. Founded by Jennifer Howell after a friend died of leukemia, Elysium provides children with serious medical conditions the opportunity to engage in artistic workshops led by working actors and artists. The Wednesday art benefit was co-sponsored by Elysium, smart-set glossy bible Vanity Fair, and the Cosmopolitan Hotel.


Other famous faces who came out for the cause — or perhaps to score some art — included actor David Arquette, "Twilight" star Anna Kendrick, "He's Just Not That Into You" actress Ginnifer Goodwin, and hobbit-in-recovery Elijah Wood, who has overseen the creation of a special "compilation album" to benefit the charity, available on iTunes.