In what has become a Hollywood tradition, a host of A List stars turned out for an Oscar Night party in aid of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

The annual gala featured performances from Mary J Blige and Jack Shears of Scissor Sisters as well as Sir Elton himself.

It was one of the night’s most attended parties and raised a record breaking $5.1 million (£2.6m).

The singer-songwriter hosted the event with his partner David Furnish.

After dinner, items such as Chopard sunglasses custom-designed by Julianne Moore, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and Brooke Shields and a vintage Corvette from Sharon Stone’s personal collection were auctioned to the highest bidder.

This year’s guests included Hollywood lesbian couple Ellen DeGegneres and Portia De Rossi, British talent Kate Beckinsale, Johnny Lee Miller, Minnie Driver and Tom Wilkinson, music legends Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones and media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Since its establishment in 1992 the Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised more than $125 million to support HIV/AIDS prevention and service programmes in 55 countries.

It is one of the world’s leading nonprofit HIV/AIDS organisations.