Oscar night was full of high-profile events but none did more good than Byron Allen’s Oscar Gala.
The annual event featured performances from Katy Perry and Jamie Foxx, and raised more than $1.5 million for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, surpassing last year’s efforts. The viewing party was also a sit-down dinner and auction, as well as a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Allen’s company, Entertainment Studios.
It was a lavish affair at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. Celebrities mixed and mingled with industry insiders and charitable attendees who sipped on cocktails at one of the party’s three full bars and enjoyed a three-course meal while watching the Academy Awards on several huge screens.
Later, Jamie Foxx hit the stage and pumped up the crowd by showing off his moves and singing along with hit songs the DJ was spinning. When Katy Perry was announced, the crowd went wild! She delivered a medley of her hits including “Chained To The Rhythm” and “Teenage Dream” and even collapsed onto the stage at one point during a powerful rendition of “Dark Horse.”
Allen was chatting up guests throughout the night and there were several famous faces in the room including Quincy Jones, Garcelle Beauvais, Aaron Sorkin, Louie Anderson, Jessica Szohr, Tom Arnold, Caroline Rhea, Jon Lovitz, Paris Hilton, Aaron Paul, Tommy Davidson, and Matthew Modine among others.
“We are so proud to be raising money and giving back to those who need our help the most,” Allen said at the event. “We can’t do enough for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.”
As the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios, Allen is the predominant African-American studio chief in Hollywood and has had a standout year of success, acquiring several high-profile projects for distribution through Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures and their distribution arm, Freestyle Digital Media.
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Check out a few snapshots from the glamorous event.