Monday, March 8, 2010
EJAF Academy Awards Viewing Party 2010
Sir Elton John and David Furnish have played host to some of the world's top stars at Hollywood's biggest Oscar viewing party.
The couple's Aids fundraiser has become a staple for all those without an invite to the ceremony itself and this year's guest list read like a who's who guide to the entertainment world's biggest names.
Representing the Brits were the likes of Victoria Beckham, Mel B, Amanda Holden, Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, Katie Price and Simon Cowell.
"I'm so blown away this year, it's fantastic," Elton said ahead of the celebrations.
"It's our stable fundraiser for the whole year, this is by far the most important, it gets us the most publicity and it raises the most money.
"It's hard work because you have to walk around shaking hands with everyone but when we go home and it's all finished we've met people and we've seen great entertainment close up."
Elton added he and his partner were always anxious that the night should go perfectly. "It's something we look forward to but we're also a bit wary of as it's your baby and you want it to go well.
"The best part is when you go home at night and you think 'we did a good job'."
Sir Elton John's 2010 post-Oscars AIDS Foundation party was a hit - the singer raised a massive $3.7 million (2.5 million pounds) in just a few hours at the lavish star-studded bash. The "Rocket Man" hitmaker and his partner David Furnish invited a host of celebrities, including Betty White, Nicole Richie and Victoria Adams, to attend the 18th annual celebration, which raises money for the fight against AIDS.
After a lavish dinner and a performance by Grace Jones, guests were invited to participate in a live auction, where John sold the costume he wore at the Grammy Awards in January for $30,000 (20,000 pounds) and a watch from his collection for $90,000 (60,000 pounds).
Also up for grabs was a photo of U.S. President Barack Obama at college, which sold for $60,000 (40,000 pounds), and private tennis lessons from Andre Agassi and Steffi Graff, which raised $70,000 (47,000 pounds).
The generous host also took in $140,000 (93,000 pounds) by auctioning off a week-long stay at his home in Nice, France. He said, "I'm so blown away this year. We're supposedly struggling though a recession and yet it keeps getting better every year."