It’s finally Oscars week in Hollywood! The Academy Awards will air on Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard at the Hollywood and Highland Center. Seth MacFarlane will host the outstanding film achievements of 2012 televised live by ABC in over 225 countries worldwide at 5:30pm PT.
Multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Adele will perform the Oscar-nominated song “Skyfall” and Barbara Streisand will sing on Sunday for the first time in 36 years. The program will also feature a tribute to the James Bond franchise in honor of its 50th Anniversary. Best Picture winner Chicago will reunite the cast on the 10th anniversary of their win during a special celebration of 10 years of musicals. Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones will also perform the Oscar-nominated theme song from Ted, “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” and the cast of The Avengers will present an award.
Among the presenters this year are Academy Award nominees Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence. Other notable presenters include Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Wahlberg, Marvel’s “The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo.
Steven Spielberg is predicted to win big on Oscar night this year, as his biopic Lincoln received 12 nominations, including Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis and Supporting Actress Sally Field. This year, both the youngest and oldest actresses ever will be pitted against each other among other contenders for the Best Actress award. French film Amour’s leading lady Emmanuelle Riva is the oldest nominee at 85 years old, and nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis of Beasts of the Southern Wild is the youngest. A full list of nominees is available here.
If you are staying at hotels around Hollywood, be sure to avoid Hollywood Boulevard that night! You can watch the Oscars from the comfort of your hotel room and then perhaps venture off to an after party nearby? Here is a list of events happening.
Happy Oscar Week, Los Angeles!