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Oscar producers want viewers to tune in early

Oscar producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman have stated that viewers should tune in early because this year is “the most dynamic opening, from drama to spectacle to humor, that has ever been staged.” Shankman is not worried about the weather for the show. He told AP that the only rain[...]

Bridges, Bullock, Damon, Mulligan to present Oscar show

Current Oscar nominees Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon, Anna Kendrick, Carey Mulligan and Quentin Tarantino will present on the 82nd Academy Awards, telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman announced today. Bridges received his fifth Oscar nomination for his lead performance in “Crazy Heart.” He previously earned a nomination for[...]

Past Winners Bates, Streisand, Theron Join 82nd Oscar® Show

Past Oscar winners Kathy Bates, Barbara Streisand and Charlize Theron will join former Oscar nominees Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah and John Travolta as presenters at the 82nd Academy Awards®, telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic announced today. Collectively the group has earned 16 nominations and[...]

Trio of Hosts Set for “Oscars® Red Carpet…2010”

Jess Cagle, Kathy Ireland and Sherri Shepherd will serve as hosts for the 82nd Academy Awards® pre-show “Oscars Red Carpet… 2010,” telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic announced today. This will be Ireland’s and Shepherd’s first time hosting the Oscar® pre-show and Cagle’s second consecutive year as a host. Cagle[...]

Cohen, Bateman, Carell, Fey, Stiller to present Oscar Show

BY STAFF Comedic talents Sacha Baron Cohen, Jason Bateman, Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Ben Stiller will help bring laughs to the 82nd Academy Awards®, telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman announced. This will be the debut appearances for Baron Cohen and Bateman. Stiller has appeared on five previous Oscar[...]

Miley, Efron, Lautner, Stewart to present at Oscars

BY STAFF Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart will present at the 82nd Academy Awards®, telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic announced today. This will be Cyrus and Efron’s second appearance, and Lautner and Stewart’s debut on an Academy Awards telecast. Cyrus, who is best known for her[...]

Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz to present at Oscars

BY STAFF All three living performers who won Oscars® in the acting categories last year will return to present at the 82nd Academy Awards®, announced telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic. Penélope Cruz will join fellow winners Kate Winslet and Sean Penn as presenters on the March 7 Oscar telecast.[...]

EXCLUSIVE: Academy Pres. Tom Sherak: First came the boo’s, now the applause

BY ROBERT W. WELKOS Tom Sherak chuckles as he recalls the story. One day last year, he walked into his favorite restaurant, The Palm, where he knows everyone and everyone knows him, and suddenly noticed his friends were booing him. “What did you do?!” they exclaimed. “How could you do[...]

Oscars get music director

“The prolific composer-arranger, who has three Oscar nominations for original score (“The American President,” 1995; “First Wives Club,” 1996; and “Patch Adams,” 1998) and two for original song (1994’s “A Wink and a Smile” from “Sleepless in Seattle;” and “Blame Canada” from “South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut” in 2004)[...]