A 20th anniversary is an achievement in any arena, but it's a great cause for a rowdy celebration when it comes to an Oscar party franchise. That was the case Sunday with the staple Elton John AIDS Foundation viewing party and gala, held each year under the bespectacled eyes of Elton John and partner David Furnish.
The party's normal home at the Pacific Design Center is currently a dreadful mess of construction, so organizers moved just across the street to West Hollywood Park and constructed an impressive ballroom and party space.
Heidi Klum, Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus, David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris, Dianna Agron and boyfriend Sebastian Stan were among dinner guests all buzzing about one important attendee: Elton and David's son Zachary.
At just over a year old, the little man was adorable in a miniature tuxedo monogrammed with his name. Zach was quite taken with a blue-haired Katy Perry, next to him, and the chocolate Pomeranian toted by Fran Drescher.
After dinner and the awards show, funnyman Joel McHale, Gwen Stefani and Kim and Kourtney Kardashian worked outdoor areas where dancing was inevitable and Ciroc cocktails flowed generously. Elton delivered a fiery speech in support of his foundation.
"Twenty years, 20 years since this disease came to the attention of people in this country," he said. "We have the tools for a cure, but the enemies of a cure are bigotry, stigma and greed."
The ballroom unanimously agreed. That political moment aside, folks seemed to enjoy Billy Crystal and the night's big winners.
"Last year I went to visit a friend at a hotel, and the cable was coming in so spotty," Agron recalled, "so I missed almost everything. This year I'm just thrilled to watch."
— Matt Donnelly
Photo: Fran Drescher with her Pomeranian and Elton John with his son Zach at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party on Sunday in West Hollywood. Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images