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Bette Midler to perform on Oscar telecast March 2 on ABC

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Two-time Oscar-nominated actress and multiple Grammy Award-winning singer Bette Midler will perform for the first time on the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.
 
The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.
 
“We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” said Zadan and Meron.  “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”
 
Midler received Oscar nominations for actress in a leading role for “For the Boys” and "The Rose.” 
 
She has recorded 13 studio albums, the first of which, 1972’s “The Divine Miss M,” sold over a million copies and earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist. 
 
Midler has gone on to sell over 30 million albums worldwide and win two additional Grammys for the songs “The Rose” (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance) and “Wind Beneath My Wings” (Record of the Year). 
 
She has been honored with three Emmy Awards and a special Tony Award in 1974 for her contribution to that year’s Broadway season. 
 
Her numerous starring film roles include “The First Wives Club,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and  “Ruthless People,” Last year Midler portrayed the late Hollywood agent Sue Mengers in the hit Broadway production, “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers.”

 

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Anne Hathaway added to growing list of Oscar presenters

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annehathawayredcarpetblogAnne Hathaway has been added to the list of Oscar presenters that already includes Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis.
 
Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made the announcement today about the March 2 show to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. 
 
Hathaway was named best supporting actress last year for “Les Miserables.” She had been nominated for her leading role in 2008’s “Rachel Getting Married.” 
 
The actress, who made her feature film debut in 2001’s “The Princess Diaries,” has starred in films including “Ella Enchanted,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”
 
 
Red-carpet photo of Hathaway by Matt Petit/A.M.P.A.S.
 
 

 

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Daniel Day-Lewis to present at March 2 Oscars

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ddlewisDaniel Day-Lewis will return as a presenter at the Academy Awards, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. Last week, they said 2012 best actress winner Jennifer Lawrence would be a presenter, too. 
 
Winning for the title role in last year’s “Lincoln,” Day-Lewis has also been nominated for five Oscars in the lead actor category.
 
His previous wins were for the 2007 film “There Will Be Blood” and 1989’s “My Left Foot.” He also received nominations for his starring roles in “Gangs of New York” (2002) and “In the Name of the Father” (1993).
 
Ellen DeGeneres will host the Academy Awards on March 2. The show will air on ABC.
 
Daniel Day-Lewis photo by Todd Wawrychuk / A.M.P.A.S.

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GMA co-hosts to work Oscar red-carpet show

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shopholidayoscargala“Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer will be joined by Jess Cagle and Tyson Beckford on the red carpet on ABC’s Oscar pre-show starting at 7 p.m. March 2. 
 
Cagle is editor of People and editorial director of Entertainment Weekly and Beckford is an actor, model and TV host.
 
Ellen DeGeneres will host the Accademy Awards and the ninth annual “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars” will air after the late local news. Kimmel does the show virtually across from the Dolby Theatre at Disney’s El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. 
 
Past guest appearances on Kimmel’s specials have included Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, DeGeneres, Jessica Chastain, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, John Krasinski, Samuel L. Jackson and others. No word yet on who will pop up this year. 
 

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Brits honor "12 Years," Ejiofor, Blanchett, Lawrence, Abdi

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It’s still two weeks to the Oscars but the BAFTA awards ceremony is being held today in London. 
 
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts supports, promotes and develops the art forms of the moving image -- film, television and video games -- by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public.
 
And the winners are: 
 
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 “12 Years a Slave,” Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen. (Pitt and Angelina Jolie photo by Joel Ryan)
Leading actor:  Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave.” (Above in photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Leading actress:  Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine.” 
Supporting actor:  Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips.”
Supporting actress:  Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle.” 
Adapted screenplay:  “Philomena” by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope. 
Original screenplay:  “American Hustle,” Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell. 
Animated film: “Frozen.”  
Cinematography:  “Gravity,” Emmanuel Lubezki. 
Costume design: “The Great Gatsby,” Catherine Martin. 
Director:  Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity.” 
Documentary:  “The Act of Killing,” Joshua Oppenheimer.
EE Rising Star:  Will Poulter. 
Editing:  “Rush,” Dan Hanley, Mike Hill. 
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Film not in the English language: “The Great Beauty.” 
Makeup and hair:  “American Hustle.” 
Original film music:  “Gravity,” Steven Price. 
Outstanding British contribution to cinema:  Peter Greenaway.
Outstanding British film:  “Gravity,” Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman, Jonas Cuaron.
Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer:  Kieran Evans, “Kelly + Victor.”  
Production design:  “The Great Gatsby.” 
Sound:  “Gravity.” 
Special visual effects:  “Gravity.” 
British short animation: “Sleeping With the Fishes.” 
British short film:  “Room 8.” 
 
 
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Photo at top:   Britain’s Duke of Cambridge, accompanied by Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA (left),  arrives for the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, in  London today, Feb. 16.  (AP Photo / Yui Mok)
 
Cate Blanchett, before her victory as best actress. Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o, stunning in green gown, poses for photographers on the red carpet. 
Barkhad Abdi and Emma Thompson in the winners room. 
(Photos by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
 

 

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