Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel will welcome Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway back for a do-over after they named the wrong winner of Best Picture last year. They had been given the Best Actress envelope by mistake and when Dunaway saw the words “La La Land” under the name Emma Stone she blurted them out. The real winner was “Moonlight.”
Stone is also set to present but, in a break with tradition, she won’t be handing out Best Actor at the 90th Academy Awards. That honor goes to two veteran Oscar winners, Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren. Two others past Best Actress winners, Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawrence have been tapped to present that prize this year (last year’s winner of Best Actor, Casey Affleck, would have traditionally done that but he bowed out of appearing in the wake of the #MeToo movement). However, last year’s supporting winners Viola Davis (“Fences”) and Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) will present those awards.
Among the other Academy Awards recipients scheduled to appear are two other Best Actress champs (Sandra Bullock and NIcole Kidman), three Supporting Actress winners (Rita Moreno, Lupita Nyong’o and Eva Marie Saint), Best Actor Matthew McConaughey and Supporting Actor Christopher Walken.
Guaranteed to take to the stage of the Dolby Theater at least once are current nominees Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”) and Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”).
Among the breakout stars to be showcased are: Chadwick Boseman (“Black Panther”), Ansel Egort (“Baby Driver”), Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”), Tiffany Haddish (“Girl Trip”), Tom Holland (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Kelly Marie Tran (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), Daniela Vega (“A Fabulous Woman”) and Zendaya (“The Greatest Showman”).
Academy governor Laura Dern will be presenting as will long-time friends of the Oscars Emily Blunt, Jennifer Garner and Patrick Stewart (he presided over the Sci-Tech awards).
The original performers of all five of this year’s nominees for Best Song will reprise these tunes. Among those slated to sing is Mary J. Blige, who made Oscar history as the first person to be nominated for both acting and composing in the same year. This nine-time Grammy champ will be taking center stage to perform “Mighty River,” which she co-wrote with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson. Her tune is featured in “Mudbound, the film for which she is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
Set for a return appearance at the Oscars is Common, who will duet with Andra Day on “Stand Up For Something” from “Marshall.” The three-time Grammy champ won this Oscar in 2014 for “Glory” from the film “Selma.” He co-wrote this new song with nine-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren.
The frontrunner to win Best Original Song is “Remember Me” from the animated film “Coco.” It was penned by EGOT champ Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez and will be sung by Gael García Bernal, Grammy nominee Natalia LaFourcade and Grammy winner Miguel.
Tony nominee Keala Settle will be belting out the chart-topping “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”. Tony and Oscar-winning composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote this anthem. Rounding out the line-up is Sufjan Stevens who will croon the tune “Mystery of Love” that he composed for “Call Me by Your Name.”
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