By Olivia Scheck
MAHATTAN — Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel partied with Sarah Palin and Ashton Kutcher at the Lincoln Center ballroom Tuesday night as the most influential Americans rubbed shoulders with celebrities.
The three were all in attendance at Tuesday night's gala for Time's 100 Most Influential People issue, which recognized Kutcher and Palin, as well as Glenn Beck, Ben Stiller and Lady Gaga.
Weisel, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, did not make the cut, but decided to attend the gala anyway.
A smattering of celebrities walked the red carpet for the event, including filmmaker Judd Apatow, TV chef Rachel Ray and designer Donatella Versace.
20-year-old Taylor Swift, "How I Met Your Mother Star" Neil Patrick Harris and musician Elton John were honored at the gala, along with Kutcher, who has influenced many of his nearly 5 million Twitter followers to buy Nikon's COOPIX camera.
Across town, comedians Chris Rock and Zach Galifianakis joined humanitarian and U2 front man Bono for the premiere of HBO's new AIDS documentary "The Lazarus Effect."
"Precious" star Gabourey Sidibe and Star Wars actor Hayden Christensen were also in attandance at the MoMa screening, along with lookers Ed Burns and Christy Turlington.