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War of Oscar Parties Won By Elton John: Lady Gaga Tapped to Co-Host Hollywood Gala with Billy Porter, Eric McCormack

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Which of the two biggest galas will draw the most celebs on Oscar night? I’d say Elton John’s AIDS Foundation.

EJAF has just announced three co-hosts for the annual soiree; Lady Gaga, Billy Porter, and Eric McCormack.

Just to see what Gaga and Porter will be wearing should bring out the A list. McCormack, I assume, will just be in a tuxedo. But he’ll also have his “Will & Grace” contingent. too.

Porter will fetch the Broadway crowd, and drag queens galore from “Pose.”

But Gaga will bring out the music and movie crowd. In droves.

Plus, Brandi Carlile is performing, and David Furnish will be the Foundation’s host for the evening.

Sadly, Elton John will be on tour, performing in of all places Lincoln, Nebaska. But maybe he’ll Zoom in for a duet with Carlile or Gaga.

The EJAF Oscar party usually brings out stars like Sharon Stone, Steven Tyler, Smokey Robinson, and all the Oscar winners from the evening.

In anticipation of the iconic event, Elton John AIDS Foundation will present an Instagram Live conversation with Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) and David Furnish (@davidfurnish) on March 3, 2022 at 8:45am ET/1:45pm GMT. Visit @EJAF’s social media for more details.

And so the Oscar party wars are on! Vanity Fair’s party is much diminished from previous years as the magazine’s popularity has faded. Their current web traffic is less than half of Vogue or New York magazine. Circulation has been dwindling as well.

The annual Academy Awards Viewing Party is aligned with the 30th anniversary of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and also marks its return to live events. Since the event’s inception in 1992, the Viewing Party has supported the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s efforts by raising more than $86 million for its lifesaving work. All funds raised support the Foundation’s network of partners and local experts across four continents to challenge discrimination, prevent infections and provide treatment, as well as influencing governments to end AIDS.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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