There Might Be More Celebrities Singing
It's still unclear whether or not Adele will perform as part of the Bond tribute or as part of her nomination for Best Original Song. The nominees did not perform at last year's ceremony, but last year only two songs were nominated. This year there are five — and with some pretty high-profile names behind them: Scarlett Johansson sings "Before My Time" from the documentary Chasing Ice, Norah Jones sings "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from Ted, which was written by host Seth MacFarlane, and Hugh Jackman sings "Suddenly" from Les Misérables.
There Will Likely Be Lots of Les Miz
That said, "Suddenly" is not the biggest hit from Les Miz. And there's a strong chance we're going to hear singing from more than just Jackman. In a profile of Les Miz's Eponine, Samantha Barks, the Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye pointed out that we'll probably get some rousing cast performance: "It’s still being decided what song will be sung, but Samantha will participate with other cast members such as best actor nominee Hugh Jackman, best supporting actress front-runner Anne Hathaway, heart-throb Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried and others in one of the rousing crowd numbers — One Day More or Do You Hear The People Sing." Bamigboye added that while nothing's been decided, we may also get a medley of hit songs from the musical. It would probably be most fun if they took the parody route, a lá Anne Hathaway on Saturday Night Live, but something tells us MacFarlane will be taking the most aim at the melodrama. The folks from Les Miz do want to win, after all.
There Will Definitely Be a Lot of This Guy
Here's the official Oscar poster, complete with Seth MacFarlane's smirk:
The Oscars, we think, are going to be chock-full of MacFarlane-isms, something that may or may not go over too well. It's almost as if he's rehearsing some of his jokes on Twitter:
We already know that that Mark Wahlberg and Ted from MacFarlane's Ted will be there — their movie does have that song nomination — so we'll probably get some dirty teddy-bear jokes. Aside from that, we're almost certain there will be crooning. Will we get Family Guy characters, too?
There Will Be Very Game Presenters
It's hard to guess who presenters are going to be, and we haven't really gotten any clues. But our assumptions lead us to bank on an appearance by Emma Stone, given her performance last year and the fact that the Academy had her announce the nominations along with MacFarlane. Will Ferrell has also been a game, funny presenter multiple times, most recently this year's Globes. Typically winners of last year's acting awards present this year's. So that means appearances from Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer, and some good banter opportunities from Jean Dujardin and Meryl Streep. Oh, Jean, please pretend to seduce Emmanuelle Riva in French. Meryl, please make a joke out of Jennifer Lawrence's "I beat Meryl" reference. James Franco's Oz movie also comes out just days after the Oscars, but, hey, these are supposed to be the not-terrible Oscars, right?
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