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Elton John's Oscar party turns 20 with Klum, Kardashian, the kid

Fran Drescher, Elton John and John's son, Zach.

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.

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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."  


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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

Gwen Stefani, Will Ferrell, Nicole Richie manifest for MOCA gala

Nicole Richie lights up MOCA gala

Downtown Los Angeles' Grand Avenue made good on its name Saturday evening, welcoming celebs, social types and, naturally, art fans to the Museum of Contemporary Art's annual gala. 

The museum tapped renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic as guest director for this year's fete, presenting "An Artist's Life Manifesto" with Debbie Harry as featured performer.

Gwen Stefani attended, as she did last year, though husband Gavin Rossdale was nowhere in sight. Stefani instead buddied up to event chair Dasha Zuhkova, while Nicole Richie frolicked on the rainy grounds with actress Jaime King. 

Gwen Stefani smiles pretty at MOCA

PHOTOS: MOCA Gala 2011 | Arrivals

Abramovic featured live performers as dinner centerpieces, with only their heads popping out from the tablecloths as guests ate and drank. Coexisting with the human heads wasn't the only thing Abramovic requested of the crowd: White lab coats were distributed and mandatory to don as dinner began.

"It's this idea of transition," Abramovic said, as the whole of the party was to experiment within her performance. Except it wasn't the whole of the party — as some guests blatantly refused to put on the jackets (think Hills-dwelling housewives not wanting their gowns concealed). 

But the boldface names were happy to oblige Abramovic; among them Kirsten Dunst, looking radiant with Rodarte designing duo Kate and Laura Mulleavy. They sat close to celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, while Will Ferrell worked the room with his wife, Viveca.

Rose McGowan turned heads in a green number, as did a late-arriving Pamela Anderson (random, no?), Dita Von Teese and a slimmed Minnie Driver.

Among the hits from Harry, the human heads, the doctor costumes and a consistent showing of celebrity art fans, Abramovic emerged as the night's true star.

She's an artist whose commitment may have turned an interesting page on an important night for Los Angeles, a gala that's frankly been struggling to find its voice since Lady Gaga graced it two years ago.


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Photos: Nicole Richie, top, and Gwen Stefani, left, are among the stars at the MOCA gala Saturday. Credits: Phil McCarten / Reuters, top; Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images, left.

Gwen Stefani joins Sandra Bullock in donating $1 million to Japan earthquake and tsunami relief

Gwen Stefani and Sandra Bullock have each given $1 million to Japan relief. Gwen Stefani on Wednesday donated $1 million toward relief and recovery efforts in Japan, joining the likes of Sandra Bullock, who last week gave $1 million to the Red Cross.

"I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture. The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking, and I want to do anything I can to help," said Stefani, who gave the cash to Save the Children's Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund, Pop & Hiss reports.

"I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years," said the No Doubt singer and clothing designer. Sales of a special edition T-shirt in Stefani's Harajuku Lovers line — available next week at the No Doubt website — will also benefit the fund.

Bae Yong-joon, a South Korean actor very popular in Japan, made a big donation to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. Among other celebrity efforts in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami: Demi Lovato was out urging fans to "Help Japan," Lady Gaga designed a $5 "We Pray for Japan" bracelet with all proceeds going to relief and Charlie Sheen has announced that $1 from every ticket sold on his Torpedo of Truth live tour will be donated.  

Justin Bieber and Rihanna are among the names associated with a benefit compilation album, and Ne-Yo is in Japan playing charity shows.

Famous Americans such as Stefani and Bullock — who also donated $1 million to Haiti earthquake relief, did a PSA after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and supported efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and in Tennessee after last year's flooding — are hardly the only stars offering financial support.

Any number of South Korean actors and singers, many of whom have large Japanese fan bases, have already kicked in. Among them was actor Bae Yong-Joon, who gave 1 billion won, or about $900,000.


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Top photos: Sandra Bullock, left, on the Oscars red carpet on Feb. 27, and Gwen Stefani, right, backstage during her New York Fashion Week show on Feb. 17. Credits: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, left; Jason Kempin /Getty Images, right.

Left photo: Japanese travelers walk past a portrait of South Korean actor Bae Yong-Joon, who gained fame in Japan with his hit TV show "Winter Sonata," at a shopping district in Seoul on March 15. Credit: Jung Yeon-Je / AFP / Getty Images.


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