The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has just announced this year's Academy Awards Show participants. This will mark its eightieth year celebrating and honoring outstanding achievements in film. Here's the press release:
Eightieth Academy Awards telecast producer Gil Cates and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis today announced the presenters and performers who will participate in the February 24 Oscar telecast.
At a press conference held at the Academy's headquarters today (Thursday), Cates and Ganis announced the presenters scheduled to date, including all four of last year's winners in the acting categories- Alan Arkin, Jennifer Hudson, Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker -as well as 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.
Cates and Ganis also announced the performers of the nominated songs. Amy Adams will sing "Happy Working Song" from Enchanted (music by Alan Menken and lyric by Stephen Schwartz). Also from Enchanted (and written by Menken and Schwartz) will be "That's How You Know," sung by Kristin Chenoweth and Marlon Saunders, and "So Close", to be performed by Jon McLaughlin.
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova will perform their nominated song, "Falling Slowly," from the motion Once and 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 Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.