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'85th Annual Academy Awards' to Celebrate the Movie Musicals of the Past 10 Years

'Chicago', 'Dreamgirls', and this year's Best Picture nominee 'Les Miserables' will be among the films honored at the awards ceremony on February 24th.
Les Miserables will be one of three musicals honored at the 85th Annual Academy Awards
Les Miserables will be one of three musicals honored at the 85th Annual Academy Awards
The 85th Annual Academy Awards will include a special celebration of movie musicals of the last ten years, the telecast's producers announced today. Here's what producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron had to say about the news.

"The musical as a motion picture genre has had a remarkable renaissance in the last decade. We are excited to showcase three musical films - Chicago, Dreamgirls, and Les Miserables- on our Oscar show."


Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

About Craig Zadan and Neil Meron


Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producers of critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series, and Broadway productions. Their feature films include The Bucket List, Footloose, Hairspray, and Chicago, which won six Academy Awards including one for "Best Picture." For television, they've produced films of Steel Magnolias, Life With Judy Garland, and A Raisin in the Sun, among many others and the series Smash and Drop Dead Diva. They recently returned to their roots in live theater by producing Broadway revivals of the Tony-winning "Promises, Promises" and the Tony-winning 50th Anniversary revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

The Academy Awards episode 61.1, "The 85th Annual Academy Awards" stars Seth MacFarlane and is directed by Don Mischer.



Sources: Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

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  1. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- Hopefully, he [Leonardo] wins one soon. Because the worse case scenario doesn't seem so far-fetched. I think there's a big chance Brad Pitt won't ever receive an Oscar; he's a great actor, no doubt, but unless he plans on playing a mentally-challenged person, I don't see that happening. His roles and performances nowadays are too subtle to scream 'Best Actor'.

    Likewise. Really? "Life of Pi", "Lincoln", and "Argo" was nominated for 'Best Picture', so why not? For sure. They gotta fill those slots, somehow. And by all means, what better director to fill those slots than Tarantino? People will keep licking that tootsie pop, hoping to reach the center's delight, but little do they know, it doesn't exist.

    Those old dogs know exactly what their doing.

    Exactly! He has to do a serious picture with little to no humor, and without his trademark(s), ultimately. No over-the-top gore, cheesy but lovable characters, and balls to the wall story lines. Again, I agree. If (from what I heard) "Pulp Fiction" and "Inglourious Basterds" didn't get him that glorious (no pun intended) and well deserved win, nothing will.

    Sad, but true.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  2. thedude-abides

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I think Leo will eventually. He'll keep knockin' on the door long enough until someone will eventually have to answer him. At some point, he'll put forth a performance that gets everyone on the bandwagon and willing to atone for all their prior snubs. Brad Pitt's in the same boat, although Pitt is one I can see never winning.

    Tarantino, on the other hand, I just don't see. I was glad to see Django get nominated. I know it's your favorite film of 2012, but I'll be honest, I didn't think it deserved a Best Picture nomination. I feel like, and this is just the impression I get, they nominate him and his films with no real intention of letting him win -- almost as if to appease the fans.

    He's got at least three films he's working on right now, two of those being Kill Bill Vol. 3, which may or may not happen, and Killer Crow, which looks to be his next project. Judging by the nature and subject matter of both films, I think it's safe to say neither is going to win any major awards.

    The only chance QT or one of his films has of winning an Oscar is if he goes outside his comfort zone. He's going to have to tackle a project and not allow himself to get too over-indulgent. I think all of his films are really good, with a few of them being great, but if he's ever going to win, it's going to take an exceptional effort on his part. He's going to have to come out with one more great film before it's all said and done, and I'm just not sure he's got that left in him. Inglourious Basterds was his last, best chance to win, in my opinion.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  3. thedude-abides

    @vampire2000 No doubt, man. It boggles my mind.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  4. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- I'm starting to think that Leo and Tarantino('director' and 'picture', in the case of Tarantino) will never get an Oscar, no matter how good they are, artistically.

    We need a new board.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  5. Vamp

    I more than agree with @thedude-abides. Sweeney Todd is not only my favorite film of all time, it's also one of the best musical adaptations out there. Someone also mentioned Moulin Rouge! and that I feel is another piece they should honor. Both are great representations of how great of movies musicals can make. I love Mamma Mia!, too, but I know that one won't make the list at all. Haha.

    1 year agoby @vampire2000Flag

  6. thedude-abides

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx They definitely have their own list of criteria, that's for sure.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  7. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- Nearly mentioned that. But, you know the Academy; their not a fan of graphic violence.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  8. thedude-abides

    @moviegeek@narrator Ah. Forgot about Moulin Rouge...

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  9. the Narrator

    Like @moviegeek said, where the hell is Moulin Rouge?! The best msuical of the past twenty years is missing? Or even, as @thedude-abides and @kguy said, Sweeney Todd or Across the Universe? Both of which were superior to Dreamgirls and on par with Les Mis in my opinion.

    1 year agoby @narratorFlag

  10. moviegeek

    What about moulin Rouge? If it weren't for that movie, Chicago wouldn't have won best pic.

    1 year agoby @moviegeekFlag

  11. CelluloidDreams

    Why just past the 10 years!?!?.

    1 year agoby @2movieguysFlag

  12. K.Guy

    Across the Universe O.o?

    1 year agoby @kguyFlag

  13. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Guess I'm the one who considers it a complete mess

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  14. thedude-abides

    @dan1 Especially when many consider it to be the best musical adaptation ever.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  15. Dan

    @thedude-abides That is downright bizarre how it's not mentioned.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  16. thedude-abides

    Um...Sweeney Todd?

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

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