They had it coming…
The producers of the Oscars telecast have announced the music-heavy Feb. 24 show will feature a reunion of the cast of Chicago. Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, and Catherine Zeta-Jones (who won a supporting actress award for her role in the film) will attend the event as presenters.
It’s no surprise that Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were able to pull the strings necessary to get them all together again — they served as executive producers of the movie musical, which won Best Picture in 2003.
This will be a very song-and-dancy-y Oscars. Host Seth MacFarlane is a crooner who has been prepping some musical routines as emcee of the show, and — coincidentally — he’s nominated for writing the Original Song Everybody Needs a Best Friend from the comedy Ted, which Norah Jones will be performing.
The show will include a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movies, and Shirley Bassey, who sang the themes to Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker has agreed to be a part of it. Meanwhile, Adele — who is nominated this year for her theme to the 007 thriller Skyfall — is scheduled to perform.
Zadan and Meron have also persuaded Barbra Streisand to perform at the ceremony, though exactly what she’ll be doing hasn’t been revealed yet.