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Sir Elton John on this year's Oscar race

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If there’s one person who loves talking about the Academy Awards as much as I do, it’s Sir Elton John. He’s an Oscar winner after all (Best Song for The Lion King), not to mention an attentive voter who loves hunkering down with his stack of For Your Consideration DVDs over his Christmas holiday. He also throws what I think is the best party of the whole Oscar weekend, the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party, which in its 18th year will raise millions of dollars to help combat the disease internationally. In advance of this weekend’s event, the musical superstar and I sat down for a series of quick videos to discuss this year’s top Oscar categories as well as his work on behalf of the EJAF. The videos will play during commercial breaks for guests inside the event on Sunday night. But I’m also running two of them here on OscarWatch. In this pair of clips, Sir Elton and I talk about the Best Director and Best Supporting Actress races, and he divulges which films he’s rooting for this weekend.

Image credit: John: A. Gilbert/PR Photos; Bigelow: Greg Gorman