Chris Levine at EJAF
As Jimmy Kimmel took to the stage at The Dolby Theatre on Sunday, across town the glitterati descended on West Hollywood for the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Annual Oscar Viewing Party. With over 1,000 invitations extended and many famous faces in attendance (think Heidi Klum and Nicole Scherzinger sipping cocktails and snapping selfies with friends at the bar) a seated dinner designed by the Roca Brothers accompanied the telecast, before Sir Elton John and David Furnish thanked guests for their support of the foundation and the evenings auction got underway.
Alongside a breathtaking Bulgari diamond necklace, a Herb Ritts photograph and a Lalique sculpture by Sir Elton John himself, artist Chris Levine's luminescent portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, 'Lightness of Being, 2018', stole the show, bringing the hammer down at a whopping $270,000 – a significant portion of the impressive $5.9 million raised for the plight of ending AIDS in our lifetime.
On his Instagram the man of the hour exclaimed, “Huge thanks to all the friends of @EJAF who turned up bright and early for our Oscar Viewing Party media breakfast. Can’t believe we have been hosting our Oscar Party for 26 years. Since its inception, this wonderful event has raised over $62 million in the fight against HIV/AIDS” @eltonjohn
After the awards ceremony and live auction Elton returned to the stage sporting a pair of round-framed, pink bejeweled glasses to introduce Greta Van Fleet, who let lose with an hour long set of Led Zeppelin-inspired riffs with John joining them for two songs, his own hit “Saturday Night’s Alright,” and the band’s single, “You’re the One.”
As guests from the awards ceremony arrived the after party really got underway, and guests danced the night a way in true Elton style, under a giant disco ball.