On Friday, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed the rumor that some of the cast of Les Misérables will perform at this year's Oscars ceremony. What makes this news even more interesting is that the show's executive producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, aren't stopping there.
The duo also announced that there will be a full movie musical tribute to several other films that have been made over the last decade. This includes the 2003 Best Picture winner Chicago and the 2006 film Dreamgirls.
Meron and Zadan said in an official statement, "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 Misérables’ — on our Oscar show."
This comes as no surprise to industry insiders, given the fact that the producing team have a long history in the musical theatre genre. Not only did they produce the film version of Chicago, but they were also behind Hairspray and both Footloose movies, the original and the reboot.
To make matters even more interesting, they currently executive produce the NBC Broadway musical series, Smash. This year's big guest star on the show happens to be Best Supporting Actress winner for Dreamgirls, Jennifer Hudson.
Other than Adele, no other musical acts for performers have officially been announced, but it might not be a bad idea to place bets on a JHud performance. Hudson, a voting member of The Academy, might want to support both her TV show's producers and The Academy.
The producers are hoping to stack the Academy Awards with performances and the humor of host Seth MacFarlane to bring back the variety show feel. In turn, The Academy is looking for a ratings boost after years of declining audiences.
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