Star presenters announced as Oscar plans go full speed ahead
( dpa )- Oscar producers on Thursday unveiled a list of star presenters for the February 24 ceremony and said plans for the show were going full speed ahead following the official end of the screenwriters' strike.
The 14-week strike had threatened to block participation of movie stars in the annual film industry extravaganza. But after the writers reached a deal with the major studios and returned to work Wednesday, show producer Gil Cates and Sid Ganis, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Thursday unveiled the list of presenters and performers for the 80th annual Academy Awards.
Presenters will include last year's acting winners: Alan Arkin, Jennifer Hudson, Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker.
Other presenters will be Amy Adams, Jessica Alba, Cate Blanchett, Josh Brolin, Steve Carell, George Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Miley Cyrus, Patrick Dempsey, Cameron Diaz, Colin Farrell, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Garner, Tom Hanks, Anne Hathaway, Katherine Heigl, Jonah Hill, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Kidman, James McAvoy, Queen Latifah, Seth Rogen, Martin Scorsese, Hilary Swank, John Travolta, Denzel Washington and Renee Zellweger.
The Academy announced that Adams will sing Happy Working Song, Kristin Chenoweth and Marlon Saunders will perform That's How You Know, and Jon McLaughlin will do So Close - three songs from the movie Enchanted that have been nominated for best song. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova will perform Falling Slowly from Once and Jamia Simone Nash will perform Raise It Up from August Rush.
Ganis said there had been two plans for the show when the strike was on and threatening to derail its traditional format, but "we are now full-speed ahead on what has become known as Show A."
"The bad news is past us and our colleagues are back to work," Ganis said.