Oscars 2011: Opening Montage, Celebrity Presenters, and More Telecast Secrets Leaked

By Kevin Fallon

A complete, annotated rundown of Sunday's Academy Awards telecast has been leaked to Deadline, previewing everything from hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway's planned bits to which celebrities will present each award. Obviously, there are spoilers ahead.

While the announcement of two very (in Oscar terms) young hosts had people speculating that this year's ceremony will be chock-full of overhauls, it appears that for the most apart it will be more of the same. Opening the show, Hathaway and Franco will pull-off the tried and true Billy Crystal-style montage:

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.

These "scenic transitions" are one of the few new additions this year, touted as extremely technical and visually stunning. If this leaked outtake of Hathaway and Franco digitally planted into footage from Grease is any indication, these transitions should be very, very cool.

And while few things are begin added, there is one staple of the past few ceremonies that we will not be seeing this year: the hosts doing a song and dance:

One planned Oscar number where James Franco in drag was to sing the Cher song from Burlesque -- "You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me" -- had to be scrapped not only because the song wasn't nominated but also because show producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer decided that Franco's singing was too horrible.

For more detailed information about the telecast—like who landed the prestigious gig of presenting the Best Director and Best Picture categories—read the full story at Deadline.

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