Melissa Etheridge & Beyoncé at Oscars + Dystopian Cinematography Winner

Beyoncé Knowles Anika Noni Rose Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls
Beyoncé Knowles, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls. Beyoncé and Melissa Etheridge will be performing at the Academy Awards ceremony.

Oscar Performers Melissa Etheridge & Beyoncé Knowles + James Taylor

Oscar telecast producer Laura Ziskin has announced the show's musical performers at the upcoming 2007 Academy Awards.

Beyoncé Knowles will perform “Listen” (music by Henry Krieger and Scott Cutler, lyric by Anne Preven), one of three Original Song nominees from the musical Dreamgirls.

Jennifer Hudson will be singing “Love You I Do” (music by Henry Krieger and lyric by Siedah Garrett), also from Dreamgirls.

Keith Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, and other Dreamgirls cast members will perform “Patience” (music by Henry Krieger and lyric by Willie Reale).

Melissa Etheridge will perform “I Need to Wake Up” from the global-warming documentary feature An Inconvenient Truth. Etheridge wrote the music and lyric for the nominated song.

Accompanied by singer-guitarist James Taylor, Randy Newman will perform his own “Our Town” from the animated feature Cars. Newman wrote both the music and lyric for “Our Town,” and also composed the film's score. Cars is up for a best animated feature Academy Award.

The Oscar ceremony will be held next Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. It will be aired live by ABC at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST), beginning with a half-hour red-carpet arrivals segment during which you can watch both the interviewers and the stars make fools of themselves.

Catherine Deneuve in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Catherine Deneuve in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Oscar 2007 Presenters

AMPAS has announced the – supposedly complete – roster of presenters at the upcoming Oscar ceremony, which will be held next Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.

The updated list consists of: Ben Affleck, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jessica Biel, Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, George Clooney, Daniel Craig, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz,Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr., and Kirsten Dunst.

Also, Will Ferrell, Jodie Foster, Al Gore, Eva Green, Tom Hanks, Anne Hathaway, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Hugh Jackman, Diane Keaton, Nicole Kidman, Greg Kinnear, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, James McAvoy, Tobey Maguire,Clive Owen, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jerry Seinfeld, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, Meryl Streep, John Travolta, Ken Watanabe, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Kate Winslet, and Reese Witherspoon.

As per the above list, no one who began working in films prior to 1970 will be giving out any awards. The veteran-est of the presenters is Diane Keaton, whose first film, Lovers and Other Strangers, came out in 1970.

Update: With the addition of Helen Mirren, Jack Nicholson, and Catherine Deneuve to the list of presenters, there will be three pre-1970 film veterans handing out awards or introducing film clips next Sunday. Mirren (though mostly a stage and TV actress) started in films in 1967; Nicholson in 1958; and Deneuve, now the veteran-est, in 1957.

'Children of Men' Tops Cinematography Award

Mexican-born Emmanuel Lubezki, one of filmdom's top cinematographers, became the third non-American in a row to win the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) feature-film award for his work in the Anglo-American production Children of Men.

According to Variety, Lubezki's win “further establish[es] the internationalization of a body that started doling out its own kudos partly in response to the large number of overseas cinematographers, many British, who were winning Oscars.”

The trade magazine also names Mexico “as a hotbed of cinematic talent.” Both Rodrigo Prieto (whose work on Babel has been highly praised) and Guillermo Navarro (who's up for an Academy Award for El Laberinto del fauno / Pan's Labyrinth) also hail from Mexico.

The 21st American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) award feature-film nominations were announced on January 11, 2007.

The 21st ASC award winners were announced at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on February 18, 2007.

Feature Films
* Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC, (Children of Men)
Dick Pope, BSC (The Illusionist)
Robert Richardson, ASC (The Good Shepherd)
Dean Semler, ASC, ACS (Apocalypto)
Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC (The Black Dahlia)

Motion Picture, Miniseries or Pilot Made for Television
Thomas A. Del Ruth, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (Pilot)
Adam Kane, Heroes (Pilot)
Walt Lloyd, The Librarian, “Return to King Solomon's Mines”
Bill Roe, Day Break (Pilot)
* John Stokes, Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, “Umney's Last Case”

Regular Television Series (one episode)
Eagle Egilsson, CSI: Miami, “Darkroom”
Nathan Hope, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, “Killer”
* David Moxness, Smallville, “Arrow”
Gale Tattersall, House, M.D., “Meaning”
Bill Roe, Day Break, “What If They Find Him?”

ASC Board of Governors Award: Ron Howard

ASC International Achievement Award: Michael Ballhaus

ASC Presidents Award: Gerald Hirschfeld

ASC Lifetime Achievement Award: Allen Daviau

ASC Television Career Achievement Award: Donald M. Morgan

John Alonzo Student Heritage Award: Brian Melton and Lyle Vincent

American Cinema Editors Awards: 'Babel'

2007 American Cinema Editors Award (Eddie) nominations: Jan. 12.

2007 American Cinema Editors Award winners: Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Feb. 18.

* Babel, Stephen Mirrione, A.C.E. & Douglas Crise
Casino Royale, Stuart Baird, A.C.E.
* The Departed, Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E.
The Queen, Lucia Zuccheti
United 93, Clare Douglas, Christopher Rouse, A.C.E. & Richard Pearson

The Devil Wears Prada, Mark Livolsi, A.C.E.
* Dreamgirls, Virginia Katz, A.C.E.
Little Miss Sunshine, Pamela Martin
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Craig Wood & Stephen Rivkin, A.C.E.
Thank You for Smoking, Dana Glauberman

* An Inconvenient Truth, Jay Cassidy, A.C.E. & Dan Swietlik
Baghdad ER, Patrick McMahon, A.C.E. & Carrie Goldman
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, part one
Samuel D. Pollard

Elizabeth I, part one, Beverly Mills
Mrs. Harris, Curtiss Clayton & Lee Percy, A.C.E.
* Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act, part one, Trevor Waite

Lost: “Live Together, Die Alone,” Sue Blainey, Sarah Boyd & Stephen Semel, A.C.E.
* The Path to 9/11, part two, Geoffrey Rowland, A.C.E., Eric Sears, A.C.E., Bryan Horne, David Handman, A.C.E. & Mitchell Danton
The Ron Clark Story, Heather Persons

Entourage: “Sorry Ari,” John Corn
My Name Is Earl: “Number One,” Lance Luckey
* The Office: “Casino Night,” Dean Holland & David Rogers

24: “7pm to 8pm,” Leon Ortiz-Gil, A.C.E.
* Friday Night Lights: “Pilot,” Conrad Gonzalez, A.C.E., Keith Henderson & Steve Michael
Grey's Anatomy: “It's the End of the World,” Edward Ornelas

Deadwood: “Tell Your God to Ready for Blood,” Stephen Mark, A.C.E.
The Sopranos: “Members Only,” Sidney Wolinsky, A.C.E.
* The Wire: “Boys of Summer,” Kate Sanford

Career Achievement Award: Frank J. Urioste

Career Achievement Award: John Soh

Filmmaker of the Year: Quentin Tarantino

American Cinema Editors Site

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