Neil Patrick Harris, Dua Lipa Join the 29th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party

The 29th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on April 25, 2021, will be virtual for the first time, making the event available to viewers worldwide. Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the event alongside Elton John and his husband David Furnish; songstress Dua Lipa and others will perform.

“This year, we are bringing our Oscar Party into people’s homes for the first time virtually for an unforgettable evening with David (Furnish), myself, our dear friend Neil Patrick Harris and the incredible Dua Lipa plus many fabulous surprise names,” said Sir Elton John, Founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “Now more than ever, we need to ensure that one pandemic does not override another, and we cannot forget the 38 million people living with HIV globally who need our care, love and support, so we hope everyone joins us for this special one-of-a-kind Oscar Pre-Party.”

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 to overcome the stigma, discrimination and neglect that prevent us from ending AIDS.

To bring the event globally, the Pre-Party Special will be hosted four times to meet the different time zones of a region’s broadcast of the Oscars: 4:00 PM PST / 7:00 PM EST on April 25 in the U.S.; 7:00 PM GMT on April 26 in the U.K.; 7:00 PM AEST on April 26 in Australia and New Zealand; and an optional repeat at 7:00 PM PT on April 26 in the U.S. Each special per region is possible to host up to 100,000 attendees through Webex. This means 400,000 supporters of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and entertainment fans worldwide will be able to enjoy the Special for a great cause.

“It’s such an honour to be a part of one of the most iconic Oscar Parties and I’m really proud to support the Elton John AIDS Foundation to help tackle the stigma that exists around HIV as we need to build a kinder and more accepting world together. And to share the stage with Elton John will be a dream come true!” said Dua Lipa.

Fans can purchase tickets to the Oscar Pre-Show special for $19.99 via Ticketmaster at Please visit for additional information.

—Reporting by Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick.