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 Elton John AIDS Foundation
29th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party

Photo by:  Getty Images for The Elton John AIDS Foundation
Photo by:  Getty Images for The Elton John AIDS Foundation
Elton John and David Furnish closing remarks
at the 29th Annual Elton John AIDS

Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on April 25, 2021
. (Footage by Fulwell73/EJAF)






LOS ANGELES, April 25, 2021 – The 29th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards® Pre-Party hosted by Emmy® and Tony Award®-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris alongside Sir Elton John and David Furnish, raised $3 million for the global effort to end AIDS with thanks to our generous donors, sponsors and supporters. The Foundation’s first-ever virtual gala took place on Sunday, April 25 and featured a stripped back performance by GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Dua Lipa and appearances by very special guests including Lady GagaCynthia Erivo and the cast of It’s a Sin, among others. For the first time, EJAF supporters worldwide were invited to attend the famed Oscar party by joining a 60-minute pre-show special produced by Fulwell 73 at Rosewood London. The one-of-a-kind Pre-Party was powered by Cisco Webex to securely bring the event to audiences.


Guests at the Pre-Party received a warm welcome from Sir Elton John and David Furnish, as well as special appearances from the likes of Olly Alexander, Nathaniel Curtis, Omari Douglas, Cynthia Erivo, Callum Scott Howells, Elizabeth Hurley, David Williams, Lydia West, and others. Neil Patrick Harris brought humor to the show and Dua Lipa lit up the virtual Pre-Party with performances of her chart-topping hits including, “Levitating,” “Pretty Please,” “Hallucinate” and “Don’t Start Now.” Guests were also treated to an extra-special duet with Sir Elton John and Dua Lipa performing “Bennie and the Jets” and “Love Again.” Following the Pre-Party, the live Oscars telecast portion of the evening was hosted by Emmy® Award-winning actor Eric McCormack and featured a performance by country singer MacKenzie Porter for donors and supporters. 


‘We haven’t missed a year yet and we certainly weren’t going to miss our 29th annual Oscar Party to benefit my Foundation – even if it meant going virtual,' says Sir Elton John, Founder, Elton John AIDS Foundation. ‘It was so much fun to perform with the gorgeous Dua Lipa and open up our Party to supporters all over the world. I’m so grateful to Neil for hosting, everyone who attended and all my friends who participated so that we could continue this legendary event to raise vital funds to end the AIDS epidemic.’


Bringing the event worldwide, the Pre-Party special was hosted across four different time zones leading into the live broadcast of the Academy Awards® in each market.


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in unimaginable ways, but the Foundation is committed to ensure that one pandemic does not override another. UNAIDS estimates that there will be an extra half a million deaths from AIDS this year alone in sub-Saharan Africa due to service disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the funds raised will support young people at risk and living with HIV all over the world. There are 1600 new cases of HIV in young people globally every day. This age group are smart and savvy and require health care services and support in different ways than adults do, and the Foundation will work to ensure that services are accessible on the platforms that are best suited to young people. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world to explore many modes of virtual health care and we need to ensure that this continues in a digital era to serve young people affected by HIV.


Cisco Webex and Parx Casino partnered with the Foundation as the evening’s Leading Partners. Co-Sponsors included Gilead Sciences, Robert Kraft, Judy and Leonard Lauder, and Associate Sponsors Elena and Victor Pinchuk, Rosewood London, Sam’s Club, Iris and Michael Smith, as well as Official Airline American Airlines and Official Champagne Partner Charles de Cazanove. Event Chairs include Bob and Tamar Manoukian, Brett A. Pletcher and Aruna Ravichandran.


Since the annual event’s inception in 1992, The Academy Awards® Viewing Party has supported the Elton John AIDS Foundation's efforts to raise millions for their lifesaving work. With its presence across four continents, the Foundation is committed to overcome the stigma, discrimination and neglect that keeps us from ending AIDS.


Full Electronic Press Kit (EPK) with video and photos available at LINK.


Fans can still purchase tickets to view additional streams of the Oscar Pre-Show special for $19.99 via Ticketmaster at




Follow the Elton John AIDS Foundation:

Facebook: @EltonJohnAIDSFoundation

Twitter: @ejaf

Instagram: @ejaf

TikTok: @eltonjohnaidsfoundation


About The Elton John AIDS Foundation:

The Elton John AIDS Foundation was established in 1992 and is one of the leading independent AIDS organisations in the world. The Foundation’s mission is simple: an end to the AIDS epidemic. With the mobilisation of our network of generous supporters and partners, we fund local experts across four continents to challenge discrimination, prevent infections and provide treatment as well as influencing governments to end AIDS.


About Cisco Webex:

Cisco Webex delivers collaboration solutions that give everyone a voice -- and business the ultimate edge. Because, when businesses enable employees to bring their best selves to work, everyone wins. Designing for these connections is at the heart of everything we do -- from product design to new innovations to the way we engage inside and out. To learn more visit


About Cisco:

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet. Cisco inspires new possibilities by reimagining your applications, securing your data, transforming your infrastructure, and empowering your teams for a global and inclusive future. Discover more on The Network and follow us on Twitter.


Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco’s trademarks can be found at Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company.


About Fulwell 73:

Fulwell 73, set up in 2005 by lifelong friends Ben Winston, Leo Pearlman, Ben Turner and Gabe Turner, strives to make top-quality television and film productions. In January 2017 it was announced that James Corden would be joining the company with immediate effect as a fifth full partner.


The company first came to the public’s attention in September 2007 with the release of its debut feature In the Hands of the Gods (Lionsgate). Since then Fulwell’s theatrical film releases include: the most successful sports documentary of all time, The Class of 92 (Universal Pictures); the huge box office hit One Direction 3D: This is Us (Sony/Columbia), I Am Bolt (Universal) and critically acclaimed and award winning independent features such as The Guvnors (Metrodome). Fulwell is currently in production on their first studio feature film Cinderella for Sony Pictures, based on an original idea from James Corden, written and directed by Kay Cannon, starring Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel, Billy Porter, Pierce Brosnan and many more. 


Recent television productions include Sunderland ‘Til I Die for Netflix, Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer and Jack Whitehall’s Sporting Nation for BBC, Quibi’s Cup of Joe, the hit documentary Bros: After the Screaming Stops for BBC, Carpool Karaoke: The Series for Apple,  Auschwitz Untold: In Colour for Channel 4 and the hit Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special for BBC One. It is also the producer of multi Emmy and Critics Choice award winning, The Late Late Show with James Corden, with CBS Television Studios. 


About Rosewood London:

Rosewood London, centrally located in the heart of London on High Holborn and housed in the original headquarters of the Pearl Assurance Company, showcases a sensitive renovation of the 1914 Edwardian, Grade II-listed building. Combining English heritage with contemporary sophistication, the retained Belle Époque architectural features include the original carriageway entrance to the grand courtyard and a spectacular Pavonazzo marble staircase, which rises over seven storeys. The hotel has the feel of a stylish London residence and houses 263 guestrooms and 45 suites including the Grand Manor House Wing, an exclusive seven-bedroom suite with its very own postcode. Tony Chi and Associates created the interiors of the public areas including 11 event spaces and the Mirror Room, serving elegant, innovative cuisine and afternoon tea. The Martin Brudnizki-designed Holborn Dining Room and year-round outdoor terrace offer British classics with a twist whilst Scarfes Bar serves creative cocktails alongside live jazz.


For more information:

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