If you’re looking to know what you can expect during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday (February 27), look no further.
Deadline has posted posted what they claim is an annotated rundown of the Oscars broadcast, which they have dubbed a possible “snorefest.”
There’s no doubt that if this is the real deal, a few tweaks will be made before the big show, but if you don’t want to know most of what’s expected to go down with James Franco, Anne Hathaway and a few of their closest friends, go ahead and avert your eyes. Curious Oscar viewers with no cares about spoilers, you may proceed.
In an interview earlier this week, Franco and Hathaway assured they had no intention of being mean-spirited to their audience, and from the looks of things, they are celebrities of their word. In fact, according to Deadline, Anne and James will be taking a page from Billy Crystal’s playbook with an opening segment where they’ll pop up in all 10 Best Picture nominees. Oh, the possibilities with “127 Hours“!
Anne and James are also supposedly making frequent wardrobe changes throughout the night. But one thing you won’t see a lot of, despite that “Grease” video gone viral (which may or not still be in the show), is other live song and dance numbers. It also turns out that James wasn’t kidding that his cover of “You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me” from “Burlesque” got scrapped. An unnamed source told Deadline of James’ undeniably bad rendition: “You only have to hear the tape to learn why it was scrubbed.”
If you were hoping for live music, rest easy, there’s still those Best Original song numbers: Gwyneth Paltrow, Zachary Levi, Mandy Moore, Alan Menken, and Randy Newman will all perform the songs from their respective nominated films, “Country Strong,” “Tangled,” and “Toy Story 3.” And as previously reported, Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine will take over Dido’s duties for singing “If I Rise” from “127 Hours” alongside A.R. Rahman.
There will be more of the usual Oscar standbys, including movie montages, “scenic transitions,” the “In Memoriam” segment, and tributes. This year, Halle Berry will introduce a tribute to the late, great Lena Horne.
As for presenters, 2011 Oscar snubees Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are slated to announce the Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Short Film winners, while “Arthur” co-stars Russell Brand and Helen Mirren hand out the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Last year’s winners Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges will present Best Actor and Actress respectively, while Reese Witherspoon fills in for Mo’Nique to hand out the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Additionally, last year’s Best Director winner Kathryn Bigelow will award this year’s recipient, alongside two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank. Then, Steven Spielberg will close out the evening by announcing the 2011 winner for Best Motion Picture.
What do you think of the alleged Oscar show rundown? Are you more or less interested in watching now? Tell us what you think in the comments section and on Twitter!