If you can’t be at the Oscars this year, Elton John’s 23rd annual Academy Awards Viewing Party is the next-best ticket in town.
At Sunday night’s gala event at the West Hollywood Park, guests will watch a live telecast of the Oscars while enjoying a gourmet meal designed by Chef Gordon Ramsay, a live charity auction, and a performance by Nile Rodgers and his legendary band CHIC.
Among the co-chairs of this year’s event – which means they’ll be attending – are Miley Cyrus, Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Jonas, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Hedi Klum, Jared Leto, Tyler Perry, Sharon Stone, Denzel Washington, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Eric McCormack and Tim Allen.
According to People magazine, the five-course meal that the guests will enjoy includes passed hors d’oeuvres, vegan cauliflower curry soup, rosemary crusted filet mignon with scallop truffled potatoes, a meringue shell stuffed with strawberries and whipped cream, and cocktails rimmed with 10 karat edible gold.
Elton’s viewing party is the most successful fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar night. While actors are taking home their golden statuettes, the Elton John AIDS Foundation is raising millions of dollars to help people at risk of or living with HIV/AIDS.
Over the past 23 years, the event has raised nearly $45 million.