The 85th Annual Academy Awards will include a special celebration of movie musicals of the last ten years, the telecast's producers announced today. Here's what producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron had to say about the news.
"The musical as a motion picture genre has had a remarkable renaissance in the last decade. We are excited to showcase three musical films - Chicago, Dreamgirls, and Les Miserables- on our Oscar show."
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producers of critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series, and Broadway productions. Their feature films include The Bucket List, Footloose, Hairspray, and Chicago, which won six Academy Awards including one for "Best Picture." For television, they've produced films of Steel Magnolias, Life With Judy Garland, and A Raisin in the Sun, among many others and the series Smash and Drop Dead Diva. They recently returned to their roots in live theater by producing Broadway revivals of the Tony-winning "Promises, Promises" and the Tony-winning 50th Anniversary revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."