Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Oscars 2013: Norah Jones, Barbra Streisand and musical tribute lined up for Feb. 24 ceremony

The Oscar producers are lining up quite the show for viewers of the 85th Academy Awards on Feb. 24.

First, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced a James Bond tribute. Then, Adele was announced as a performer.

Now, Norah Jones, Barbra Streisand and a musical tribute can be added to the list.

Jones joins Adele in performing an Original Song nominee, producers announced Jan. 27. The Grammy Award-winning artist will perform “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted,” the breakout hit film of last summer by Oscars host Seth MacFarlane. Song credits go to Walter Murphy for music and lyrics by MacFarlane for lyrics.

This will be Jones’s first time performing at the Oscars.

"I had such a great time recording this song with Seth, and was thrilled to find out that it was nominated for an Oscar,” Jones said in a statement. “Getting to perform it at such a prestigious event, which my friend is hosting, is a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Jones took the globe by storm with her 2002 debut album “Come Away With Me,” which sold more than 10 million copies and earned her five Grammy Awards. Jones’ songs have been featured many times on movie soundtracks and she made her feature film acting debut in 2007's “My Blueberry Nights.”

Streisand, two-time Oscar winner has sung only once before at the Oscars. She sang the love theme from "A Star Is Born" on the March 28, 1977, show. She won her first Oscar for Best Actress in "Funny Girl" (1968) and won the Best Original Song Oscar for "Evergreen" (1976). Streisand was nominated in 1973 for her lead performance in "The Way We Were." Later nominations for her were for producing the Best Picture nominee "The Prince of Tides" (1991), which she also directed, and for co-writing the original song "I Finally Found Someone" from "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996).

What Streisand will sing remains a mystery; however, it would not be surprise if she sang during the "In Memoriam" tribute. At the 84th Academy Awards, Esperanza Spalding sang a breathtaking version of "What a Wonderful World" with the Southern California Children’s Chorus (listen to the song here).

"In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music," producers Zadan and Meron said in a statement, "how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand? We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year's Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years."

Musical tribute
Producers also announced on Jan. 25 that the ceremony would include a special celebration of movie musicals of the last ten years.

“The musical as a motion picture genre has had a remarkable renaissance in the last decade,” they said in a statement. “We are excited to showcase three musical films — ‘Chicago,’ ‘Dreamgirls’ and ‘Les Misérables’ — on our Oscar show.”

The 85th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2012, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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