Here is a rundown of what to expect from tomorrow night’s ceremony. Note that Mo’Nique and Christoph Waltz will not be presenting in either Supporting category.
From Deadline Hollywood:
Hosts James Franco (127 Hours and a Best Actor nominee this year) and Anne Hathaway (Love And Other Drugs) will open the show with a Billy-Crystal-originated comedic filmed piece where they appear in scenes from the year’s 10 Best Pictures real or not. Then they welcome the audience in the first “Scenic Transition” — this one, from the 1939 movie Gone With The Wind.
Tom Hanks is the first presenter, handing out the Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography Oscars. But almost all the other Academy Award presenters are stars from 2010’s crop of movies or upcoming 2011 pics.
Next comes the Best Supporting Actress Oscar but the presenter’s name is not on the rundown.
Justin Timberlake (The Social Network) and Mila Kunis (Black Swan) present the Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Short Film Oscars.
The next “Scenic Transition” takes audiences back to the very first first Academy Awards ceremony held on May 16, 1929, at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood to honor the 1927/1928 film season. That segues to Javier Bardem (Biutiful) and Josh Brolin (True Grit) awarding the Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay Oscars.
Franco and Hathaway appear in what’s described as a “performance comedy” with a wardrobe change of gowns and tuxedos.
Russell Brand (Get Him To The Greek) and Helen Mirren (Red) present the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Then comes Reese Witherspoon (How Do You Know) to hand out the Supporting Actor Oscar.
Academy President Tom Sherak next comes out onto the Kodak Theatre stage to talk.
Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole) and Hugh Jackman (2011’s Real Steel and host of the 81st Academy Awards) are onstage for the “Scenic Transition Sound” into the Silent Era then Broadway Melody then THX and a past film score medley with the orchestra. Kidman and Jackman hand out the Best Original Score Oscar.
Next, Matthew McConaughey (2011’s The Lincoln Lawyer) and Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2) present the Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing Oscars.
Marisa Tomei (Cyrus) comes out to present the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Sci-Tech Awards recap.
Anne Hathaway is shown in a tux. Which leads to the next “Scenic Transition” — to the franchise Lord Of The Rings featuring its co-star Cate Blanchett (Robin Hood) who presents the Best Makeup and Best Costume Design Oscars.
There’s an interlude of “Movie Music I Remember” introduced by Kevin Spacey (Casino Jack).
Next are the start of the Best Songs performances with Randy Newman performing “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3, followed by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi and Alan Mencken performing “I See The Light” from Tangled.
Jake Gyllenhaal (Prince Of Persia, Love And Other Drugs) and Amy Adams (The Fighter) present the Best Documentary Short Subject and Best Live Action Short Film Oscars.
Anne Hathaway and James Franco do a comedy bit together in another wardrobe change — their 3rd.
Oprah Winfrey presents Best Documentary feature. Meanwhile, her BFF Gayle King will be backstage doing live interviews.
Anne Hathaway introduces a Guest Host (Billy Crystal), which leads into another “Scenic Transition” — the first televised Oscars in black & white. The Guest Host does a monologue.
2011’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows’ co-stars Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man 2, Due Date) and Jude Law (Repo Men) present the Best Visual Effects and Flm Editing Oscars.
Anne Hathaway makes her 4th wardrobe change.
Jennifer Hudson introduces the performance of the 3rd nominated song, “If I Rise” from 127 Hours, performed by Florence Welch (of Florence And the Machine) with A.R. Rahman. (Dido isn’t doing it…) Followed by the 4th nominated song, “Coming Home” from Country Strong, sung by Gwyneth Paltrow. Then Hudson presents the Best Original Song Oscar.
Celine Dion and the William Ross-conducted orchestra perform “Smile” during the In Memoriam segment. Following is a Lena Horne tribute introduced by Halle Barry. And then a wide shot in the house with quote.
The Best Director Award will be presented by Hilary Swank (Conviction) and last year’s winner (and first female to do so) Kathryn Bigelow.
Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right) introduces the Governors Awards package held in a separate ceremony on November 14th, with the honorees introduced onstage: actor Eli Wallach, film historian/preservationist Kevin Brownlow, and director/producer/screenwriter and Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipient Francis Ford Coppola. The 4th honoree, French director Jean-Luc Godard declined to attend the Governors Awards or the Oscars.
Seque into still another “Scenic Transition” — Grauman’s Chinese Theater, scene of many big movie premieres and where the stars’s hands and feet and signatures are memorialized in cement.
Last year’s Best Actor winner Jeff Bridges (True Grit) presents the Best Actress Oscar.
Anne Hathaway undergoes her 5th wardrobe change.
Last year’s Best Actress winner Sandra Bullock presents the Best Actor Oscar.
Steven Spielberg presents the Best Motion Picture Oscar.
Then comes the finale with Franco and Hathaway saying their goodnights. The End (mercifully).