The first slate of presenters and performers for this year’s Oscar ceremony have been announced, including people from all races.
Amid the great debate of Oscar nomination diversity issues, the Academy of Motion Picture and Science is making great efforts towards not making it an issue during the ceremony.
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The Academy took its first breath of relief when Chris Rock decided to stay on for his hosting duties this year. He will be changing his monologue but he will not be boycotting the ceremony like many of his contemporaries and fellow African American actors have.
Spike Lee and Will Smith have appreciated the Academy’s effort for bringing diversification in the Academy for years to come. They are still boycotting the Oscars so it was up to the Academy to build a roster of presenters and performers that are representative of diversity.
In the first slate of performers that have been announced to appear on this year’s Oscars include Benicio Del Toro, Whoopi Goldberg and Kevin Hart representing the diversity in the Oscar ceremony.
Kevin Hart also appeared last year to present the award for Best Animated Feature Short with Anna Kendrick. Whoopi Goldberg and Benicio Del Toro have also been up on the stage to present as well as receive the Golden Man trophy.
These presenters will bring the distinct representations to the Oscar stage, each bearing their own distinct talent and qualities.
The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams are also among the list of presenters and performers. The Weeknd will probably be performing his Oscar nominated song “Earned It” for Fifty Shades of Grey while Pharrell’s role is still conspicuous.
Among other presenters that have been confirmed to appear in this year’s ceremony are Lady Gaga, who performed The Sound of Music last year honoring Julie Andrews; Ryan Gosling from Big Short, the legendary Tina Fey, Charlize Theron from this year’s Mad Max: Fury Road and representing the children of Hollywood, Jacob Tremblay.
Also performing at this year’s Oscars will be Sam Smith singing his Oscar nominated “Writings on the Wall” from Spectre.
“Each of these artists brings a wonderfully distinctive element to the Oscars stage,” said Hill and Hudlin. “Together they represent the many thrilling ways stories can be shared about the human experience, and we’re honored they will be part of the celebration.”
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The 88th Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock, will be held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide