Perennial music legends Madonna and Sir Elton John slugged it out in Hollywood as the two superstars hosted two separate parties after the 84th Academy Awards with just two miles separating both events. Both Madonna and John have been entangled in a feud days leading up to the Oscars and many show business insiders observed both were trying to outdo the other.
The 64-year old John and his civil partner, David Furnish, held their traditional post-Oscar dinner ball at the Pacific Design Centre, with proceeds given to bolster the programs of the Elton John Aids Foundation. Last year, the dinner event raised $4 million. There is no official figure yet for this year’s fundraiser but reports revealed that tickets cost $3500. Among John and Furnish guests who came that night were Katy Perry, Chace Crawford, Dita Von Teese, Heidi Klum and Jessica Alba.
Just two miles away, Madonna threw a dinner party at her manager Guy Oseary’s house. Determined to upstage John, the 53-year old diva even managed to recruit the services of John’s favorite florist, Los Angeles resident Eric Butterbaugh. Sources said that Madonna even personally called and invited Hollywood A-listers Penelope Cruz, Bradley Cooper and Cameron Diaz. Those who confirmed their attendance were Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Britney Spears, Natalie Portman, Sean Penn, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lopez and Tom Cruise.
Demi Moore, one of Madonna’s closest friends and who usually co-hosts private events with the music artists, was not able to attend. It is reported that Moore is still recovering from a breakdown.