Thursday, April 18, 2024

Elton John Oscar Party Raises $10.8 Mil for AIDS with Sharon Stone, Danny DeVito, Smokey Robinson, Heidi Klum Among Guests


Elton John and David Furnish raised a whopping $10.8 million last night for AIDS research and support at their annual Oscar dinner. Wow!

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, and Tiffany Haddish, were the co-hosts at the famed series of tents set up on San Vicente Boulevard.

The starry night included an electric performance by Gabriels, who performed a full set, including “Love and Hate in a Different Time,” “Angels & Queens,” and “Great Wind.” The A-list guests were also treated to Gabriels and Sir Elton himself closing with the hit, “Are You Ready For Love,” reminiscent of their surprise Glastonbury performance.

Those A listers included Smokey, Avril Lavigne, Benson Boone (the number 1 music star of the moment) plus Valerie Bertinelli and son Wolf van Halen, Rhea Pearlman, Donatella Versace, Alicia Silverstone, Billy Eichner, Cara Jade Myers, Christian Sariano, Brandi Carlile, Tim Allen, Patricia Arquette, Orville Peck, Sophia Bush, Julianne Hough, Zoe Lister-Jones, Daphne Guinness, Zooey Deschanel, Melanie Lynskey, Elizabeth Hurley, Joseph Lee, Alexis Bledel, Toni Braxton, Colton Haynes, and Eric McCormack — to name a few!

There was a not so silent auction, too– because Elton played an impromptu bit of “Tiny Dancer” on a Yamaha piano signed by him and bedazzled in crystals by Nyenyezi. It sold for $360,000!

PS Don’t forget– The EJAF Oscar party only exists to raise money for this incredible cause — unlike Vanity Fair, which is just to advertise their diminished publication!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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