Ceremony Taking Shape for 85th Academy Awards

85th Academy Awards, Set Ups

Think they’re planning on taking Argo’s Oscars hostage and shipping them to Iran?

The performers have been named to help us celebrate the musicals from the past decade: Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe (!), Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmaybe, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks and Helena Bonham Carter.

Earlier this month, the producers announced a planned tribute recognizing the resurgence of musicals over the past decade with performances highlighting “Chicago,” “Dreamgirls” and “Les Misérables.”

Hudson, Zeta-Jones, Jackman, Hathaway, Crowe, Seyfried, Redmayne, Barks, Tveit and Bonham Carter join a stellar list of previously announced performers including Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand and presenters including Jennifer Aniston, Michael Douglas, Jamie Foxx, Paul Rudd, Salma Hayek Pinault, Melissa McCarthy, Liam Neeson, John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Wahlberg, Ted and “Marvel’s The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; “Chicago” cast members Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Zeta-Jones; and special guests Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron.

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12 Comments

  1. filmboymichael
    February 20, 2013

    Shudder – the picture above reminds me of the movie Contagion – wait a minute, is that Kate Winslet??!!

  2. Pierre de Plume
    February 20, 2013

    I still love it when they bring out the old stars of yesteryear. Who’s still around?

  3. steve50
    February 20, 2013

    “wait a minute, is that Kate Winslet??!!”

    Now you’ve got poor Watermelons zooming in on every pixel. Cruel.

  4. February 20, 2013

    Lol steve!

    I don’t know how they expect the winners to carry those home. Unless that’s a rly small tent.

  5. Erik Anderson
    February 20, 2013

    Sasha, don’t you mean “The Oscars?” Apparently AMPAS announced that they’re no longer referring to them as the 85th Academy Awards but just The Oscars. I guess that’s they’re version of trying to be hip. But really, the only hip thing about AMPAS are their replacements.

  6. February 20, 2013

    Way to bring in the younger audience. The kids love musicals from yester year!

  7. Daveylow
    February 20, 2013

    Will there be one Asian American presenter this year? Probably not.

  8. Daveylow
    February 20, 2013

    Anna Kendrick should have been asked to perform something from Pitch Perfect. She was an Oscar nominee so it wouldn’t be inappropriate.

  9. JohnOliver46
    February 20, 2013

    I don’t like the name change. The Academy Awards is more stately.

  10. February 20, 2013

    Such lackluster choices are very unbecoming of such a tremendous year for cinema. Where are the nominations for movies like The Grey, Jesus Henry Christ and Killing them Softly? Read about the Top 10 Movies of 2012 with reviews and other honorable mentions at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2013/01/top-10-movie-picks-of-2012.html

  11. filmboymichael
    February 20, 2013

    The Grey was a horrible movie, that’s why it wasn’t nominated.

  12. Carlos
    February 21, 2013

    Where is “Moulin Rouge!”???

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