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Oscars: Elton John hires Foster the People to perform at his Oscar party


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Now, that the Oscar nominations have been set, the parties officially are being planned. A mainstay of the awards season for the past 20 years has been Elton John’s Academy Awards Viewing Party, and details for the soiree have been revealed.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will celebrate its 20th annual party on Feb. 26, at the newly re-designed West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. Sir Elton John and David Furnish will host the gala event sponsored by Chopard, Neuro and Wells Fargo.

This year celebrity chef Cat Cora will prepare a special menu to be served to guests seated to watch a live telecast of the 84th Academy Awards. Following dinner, Grammy nominated Foster the People will take the stage to perform.

According to a release, this year’s event co-chairs are:
Bill & Tani Austin, Johnny & Edwina Barbis, Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen, Ellen DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi, John Demsey, Drs. Jeffrey & Nancy Gallups, Tim Hanlon & Anthony Klatt, David Geffen, Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka, Hugh Jackman & Deborah-Lee Furness, Diana Jenkins, Quincy Jones, Ryan Kwanten, Fred Latsko, Sandra Lee, Baz Luhrmann & Catherine Martin, Eric & Janet McCormack, Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne, Tyler Perry, Caroline Scheufele, Sharon Stone, Steve Tisch, Steven Tyler, Edward Walson and John Waters.

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