‘Chicago’ cast to join musical Oscars line-up
LOS ANGELES, Feb 12 — The stars of “Chicago” will reunite as presenters at this year’s Oscars show, on the 10th anniversary of the film’s Academy Award win for best picture, organisers said yesterday.
Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah will join already-announced presenters including “Avengers” stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo.
The 85th Academy Awards, the climax of Hollywood’s annual awards season, have a musical theme this year, with highlights set to include Britain’s Adele singing Oscar-nominated 007 theme tune “Skyfall.”
In addition, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand will sing at the ceremony on February 24. It will be Streisand’s first Academy Awards performance since 1977 when she sang the winning song from “A Star Is Born.”
“We are very excited to reunite the stars of ‘Chicago’ to present on the Oscars, on the 10th anniversary of the movie’s win for Best Picture,” said the show’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
The four “Chicago” stars were all nominated for the 2002 film, although only Zeta-Jones won a prize, for best supporting actress, along with the best picture award and four other Oscars.
Other presenters already announced include the four winners of the acting prizes at last year’s Oscars: Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer. — AFP/Relaxnews