Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar 2013 ceremony host Seth MacFarlane will perform in a special closing musical number, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences press release quotes Zadan and Meron describing the musical finale as a "'can't miss' moment." (Another apparent "can't miss moment" – even if not for the best of reasons – would surely have been James Franco singing in drag at the Oscar 2011 ceremony, but Franco's number was axed.) [Photo: Kristin Chenoweth at the 2008 Academy Awards ceremony.]
Besides Kristin Chenoweth – and now Seth MacFarlane as well – Oscar 2013 ceremony performers include Dreamgirls' Jennifer Hudson, Chicago's Catherine Zeta-Jones, Les Misérables' Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Russell Crowe, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit, and Helena Bonham Carter (but not Sacha Baron Cohen); Skyfall's Adele, Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones, and two-time Oscar winner Barbra Streisand (Best Actress for William Wyler's Funny Girl; co-composer of Best Song winner "Evergreen" from A Star Is Born).
Oscar 2013 presenters and special guests
Oscar 2013 presenters and special guests include the following: Nicole Kidman, Paul Rudd, Jean Dujardin, Meryl Streep, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum, Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Michael Douglas, Salma Hayek, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Melissa McCarthy, Queen Latifah, and Renée Zellweger.
In addition to Liam Neeson, Richard Gere, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Octavia Spencer, John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Jamie Foxx, Ted's Ted and The Avengers actors Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., and Samuel L. Jackson.
The Oscar 2013 ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles.
Acting, directing, Best Picture, and foreign language film categories: Oscar 2013 nominations
Best Picture Oscar nominees: David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, Ben Affleck's Argo, Michael Haneke's Amour, Tom Hooper's Les Misérables, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, Ang Lee's Life of Pi, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild. Best Director nominees: Russell, Spielberg, Haneke, Lee, Zeitlin.
Best Supporting Actor: Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook; Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master; Alan Arkin, Argo; Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained; Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln.
Best Foreign Language Film nominees: Michael Haneke's Amour, Austria; Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg's Kon-Tiki, Norway; Pablo Larraín's No, Chile; Nikolaj Arcel's A Royal Affair, Denmark; Kim Nguyen's War Witch, Canada.
Best Actor: Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables; Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln; Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook; Joaquin Phoenix, The Master; Denzel Washington, Flight.
Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour; Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook; Naomi Watts, The Impossible; Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty; Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Kristin Chenoweth at the 2008 Academy Awards ceremony photo: Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S.