Star-studded Oscars eve party raises close to $2 million for charity

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Renee Zellweger, Gary Oldman, Maria Bakalova and Rachel Brosnahan also attended the virtual event

Oscar nominees Andra Day, Vanessa Kirby, and Leslie Odom, Jr. were among the stars who helped to raise nearly $2 million (£1.4 million) for charity at a virtual Academy Awards eve bash.

The 19th annual Night Before benefit, organised by officials at the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF), was held online on Saturday, with other famous guests including Renee Zellweger, Gary Oldman, Maria Bakalova, Rachel Brosnahan, Billy Porter, and Laverne Cox.

The event, hosted by Wayne Brady, boasted performances by Day, DJ D-Nice, Macy Gray, and The E. Family, featuring Pete Escovedo, Sheila E., Juan Escovedo, and Peter Michael Escovedo, while famed songwriter Diane Warren reflected on some of the highlights of her career as an Oscar nominee in a special segment for the MPTF’s 100th anniversary.

By the end of the night, more than $1.8 million (£1.3 million) had been raised for the organisation, which provides financial support and aid to industry members in need.

According to officials, the number of community members served has tripled since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

MPTF bosses made history on Sunday night at the Oscars, when they were presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, marking the first time an organization has been recognised, instead of an individual.

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