Monday, February 27, 2012

20th EJAF Academy Awards Viewing Party

IT is not just the nominees who will be battling it out at the glamorous Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles. Behind the scenes at the Kodak Theatre, a war has been waging between two of the world’s biggest stars, Sir Elton John and Madonna, who are throwing rival post-Oscar parties at the same time, two miles from each other in Hollywood.

 In a battle of A-list egos, the feuding stars have spent the days leading up to the 84th Academy Awards ceremony trying to outshine one another in a desperate attempt to host the best Oscars party in town. Sir Elton, 64, and civil partner David Furnish are holding their annual Oscar dinner party at the Pacific Design Centre in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation.

 Tickets to the event cost $US3500 ($3270) and last year it raised $US4 million. Katy Perry, Chace Crawford, Dita Von Teese, Heidi Klum and Jessica Alba are among the invited guests. But Madonna, who is engaged in a long-running spat with Sir Elton, is determined to upstage his dinner. The 53-year-old has poached Sir Elton’s favourite LA florist, Eric Butterbaugh, and has promised guests she will sing live at her party.

 Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Britney Spears, Natalie Portman, Sean Penn, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lopez and Tom Cruise are reportedly confirmed to attend the party at her manager Guy Oseary’s house. The singer, whose film W.E. has been nominated in the Oscar’s costume design category, has apparently even phoned Penelope Cruz, Bradley Cooper and Cameron Diaz to personally invite them to the party, which she usually co-hosts with Demi Moore, who is recovering from a breakdown.

 - Adelaide Now

 Elton John celebrated 20 years of hosting his premiere Oscar fundraising party and offered some choice words on how to advance such an initiative. "Never rest on your laurels," John told Pop Sugar. The event, which 900 people attended, saw some of Hollywood's biggest names, but the focus wasn't on the awards actresses won or the gowns they wore.

 John's party served to raise funds for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and efforts to fighting the stigma associated with the disease, the Advocate reports. John's advocacy efforts have raised more than $225 million for HIV/AIDS projects in 55 countries.

 "We're getting bigger and bigger, which means we're raising more money," John told Pop Sugar. "And the money gets to people who actually need it."

 - Huffington Post


 Course 1

Roasted Tomato “Raisins” with Bocconcini, Bloody Mary Vinaigrette and Basque-Rubbed Grilled Prawn

Course 2

Sesame-Encrusted Lamb Meatball with Harissa Yogurt, White Bean-Tahini Puree and Crisp Mint

Course 3

 Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Peperonata Rustica & Chimichurri Sauce with Leek Bread Pudding and Spicy Broccoli Rabe


Sautéed Sea Bass with Lemon Cous-Cous and Piquillo Pepper Saffron Sauce with Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Course 4

 Tricolore Salad of Endive, Rocket and Radicchio with Pistachio Vinaigrette and Shaved Truffled Pecorino

Course 5

 Chocolate Budino with Ginger Crème Anglaise and Fresh Berries & Apple and Pear Tart with Salted Caramel Sauce and Chantilly

- Rumor Fix

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