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posted Friday, February 28 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 09
Midler, Pink, Williams performing, DeGeneres hosting Sunday's Oscars
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Midler, Pink, Williams performing, DeGeneres hosting Sunday's Oscars

And the Best Original Song and Best Original Score nominees are....
And the celebrity presenters are....


by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

It all boils down to this. A four month-long awards season climaxes Sunday evening with the Oscars, the most coveted film accolade in the world. Ellen DeGeneres will serve as the ceremony's emcee, her second time at bat, and here's hoping she'll be slightly funnier than her so-so performance of 2007. The popular TV host will likely jab Hollywood's elite, who'll gather at the Kodiak Theater dressed to the nines, but don't be surprised if she throws a punch at Arizona's anti-Gay bill, or sends positive vibes to Jason Collins or Michael Sam.

Bette Midler will perform at the Oscars for the first time ever, though at press time it hadn't been confirmed what she'd be singing. 'We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening' was the only real hint given by the show's producers. Hmmm, maybe 'Wind Beneath My Wings' during the memoriam? Whatever it is, it'll be divine.

Of the Best Original Song nominees, three will be sung by their songwriters: 'The Moon Song' (from Her) by Keren O (Spike Jonze shares co-writing credits), 'Happy' (from Despicable Me 2) by Pharrell Williams, and 'Ordinary Love' (from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) by U2. Idina Menzel will perform 'Let It Go' (from Frozen), and though she recorded it for the movie and soundtrack, it was actually written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Newly added to the lineup is Pink, who could belt out the fifth nominee, the relatively unheard of 'Alone Yet Not Alone' from the film by the same name. U2 won the Golden Globe in a similar category, but they didn't have to face 'Let It Go,' considered by some to be the frontrunner. My pick is 'Happy,' which has a chance for an upset.

In the other music race, Best Original Score, Thomas Newman might finally nab a golden statue on his 11th try for Saving Mr. Banks, but the standout in the category is Steven Price's dramatic, intense composition for Gravity. None of those startling scenes of Sandra Bullock facing a space mission gone horrific would be as captivating without the outer-worldly, futuristic, cryptic sounds that accompany them. The other nominees are John Williams for The Book Thief, William Butler (of Arcade Fire) and Owen Pallett for Her, which could surprise, and Alexandre Desplat for Philomena.

The Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 2 at 4 p.m. and the list of presenters are Amy Adams, Kristen Bell, Jessica Biel, Jim Carrey, Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Penélope Cruz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Viola Davis, Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Sally Field, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Andrew Garfield, Jennifer Garner, Whoopi Goldberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Goldie Hawn, Chris Hemsworth, Kate Hudson, Samuel L. Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Michael B. Jordan, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lawrence, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Bill Murray, Kim Novak, Tyler Perry, Brad Pitt, Sidney Poitier, Gabourey Sidibe, Will Smith, Kevin Spacey, Jason Sudeikis, Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Emma Watson and Naomi Watts.

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