Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAFWhile actors were claiming their Oscars Sunday night, Elton John was raising millions for charity at his 23rd annual Academy Awards Viewing Party. The gala event raised just over $5.8 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The event, which took place at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, was the second-hottest ticket in town — even though a rare L.A. downpour nearly made it a washout. According to the New York Daily News, some leaky tents nearly derailed the whole thing, but celebrity guests stuck around long enough to make their donations.

The party co-chairs this year included Miley Cyrus, Tim Allen, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Tyler Perry, Heidi Klum, Denzel Washington, and Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. Other stars in attendance were Alec Baldwin, Aaron Paul,Robert Duvall, and singer Sia, who unlike when she performs, allowed everyone to see her face.

Sharon Osbourne was particularly fired up about the cause. According to the U.K. newspaper The Mirror, she took the stage to encourage guests to contribute, declaring, “We are not here for the Oscars, we are here to truly fight AIDS. F**k the Oscars.”

Party guests enjoyed cocktails and a five-course meal prepared by British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, as they watched a telecast of the 87th Academy Awards. Dinner was followed by a live auction benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Guests also enjoyed a live performance from Nile Rodgers & CHIC, who performed hits like “Le Freak,” “We Are Family,” “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsa, Yowsa, Yowsa),” “Everybody Dance,” and “Good Times.” At one point, Elton joined in on keyboards.

In Elton’s remarks for the evening, he thanked his guests for their generosity. “What we’re able to do in just one evening continues to amaze me,” Elton said. “…Together, we’re making real progress against this epidemic by helping one person, one community, at a time. And it is not at all unrealistic to think that together we can end AIDS in our lifetime.”

On the red carpet before the event, Elton spoke about why he keeps on hosting it, year after year. “It’s fun. It’s an amazing journey and we still need to raise money for the people who need it,” he said. “So, that’s why we’re continuing to do this. And each year we seem to raise more, and it becomes more fun and we have more people coming. So, this is why we do it. We do it for the people that we don’t want to be forgotten and who are still out there suffering.”

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