Academy Awards officials announced a slew of presenters and performers booked to appear on the annual Oscar telecast.
Show producer Gil Cates and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Sid Ganis revealed the lineup at a press conference at Academy headquarters in Beverly Hills on Thursday morning.
Presenters include all four of last year's winners in the acting categories-- Alan Arkin, Jennifer Hudson, Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker.
Favorites and newcomers join the mix as well, including 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.
Academy officials also announced the performers of the nominated songs. Adams will sing "Happy Working Song" from "Enchanted" (music by Alan Menken and lyric by Stephen Schwartz). Kristin Chenoweth and Marlon Saunders are slated to perform "That's How You Know," also from "Enchanted," while "So Close," is to be performed by Jon McLaughlin.
"Once" duo Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova will perform their nominated song, "Falling Slowly." Jamia Simone Nash will perform "Raise It Up," from "August Rush," with the IMPACT Repertory Theatre of Harlem, headed by Jamal Joseph, who shares the song's music and lyric credit with Charles Mack and Tevin Thomas.
Also scheduled to return to the Oscar telecast team will be writers Hal Kanter, Buz Kohan, Jon Macks and Bruce Vilanch. Second-time Oscar show host Jon Stewart will also bring on several writers to work on the telecast.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2007 will be presented on Feb. 24 at the Kodak Theatre and broadcast on ABC beginning at 5 p.m.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun