Sneak Peek: What to Expect from the 2013 Oscars

What can we expect from the Oscars this year? Movie musicals, James Bond, and more!

Sneak Peek: What to Expect from the 2013 Oscars

What can we expect from the Oscars this year? Movie musicals, James Bond, and more!

-Lucia Peters

Oscars 2013

Happy almost-Oscars, Bettys! The big show is just a few days away, and we can’t wait. But what can we expect from this year’s ceremony? We did a little digging in preparation to see what we could find out. Read on for all the deets!

The producers of this year’s Oscars, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, recently sat down with Deadline to chat about what they’ve got planned for the big night. We scoured it for information about what we might be seeing during the show, so for your reading pleasure, here are a few of the more interesting tidbits:

-Viva la Musical: One of the big moments of the night will be a celebration honoring the comeback of the movie musical, which has steadily been gaining steam over the last decade. In addition to key Les Miserables cast members (Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tevit, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham Carter), the segment will also feature performances from Dreamgirls’ Jennifer Hudson and Chicago’s Catherine Zeta-Jones.

-A View of the Future: Six college filmmaking students won a contest to appear on the show as statuette presenters. The idea was to bring together the passionate moviemakers of tomorrow with the cream of the crop in the industry today. We like it!

-In It for the Long Haul: Fair warning: It’s going to be long (that’s the price we pay for entertainment during award shows). Said Zadan, “They would like it to be three hours and we are doing as much as we can to bring it in as close to three hours. It’s not going to be three hours, but we will try to get it close to that.”

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-The Sultry Song Stylings of Seth MacFarlane: Host Seth MacFarlane is apparently weaving song in and out of his signature comedy bits. At the Oscar rehearsal last week, the biggest shock for everyone from the orchestra to Zadan and Meron themselves, was hearing Seth rehearse the tunes he’ll be performing with the orchestra. Noted Zadan, “He sounds like Sinatra. I mean the voice is unbelievable.” What can we expect from his opening monologue? The edge of Seth’s contemporary humor with a throwback to the days of Bob Hope and Johnny Carson.

-Bond. James Bond: In addition to Adele singing the title track from Skyfall, which is up for Best Original Song, there’s going to be a segment celebrating the 50th anniversary of James Bond—in which Shirley Bassey, the legendary voice behind the Goldfinger theme, will feature. Talk about movie history!

-The Mystery of Barbara Streisand: Amazingly, Barbara Streisand has only sung on the Oscars once before during the course of her decades-long career (the last time was 36 years ago, when she won the Best Original Song award for A Star Is Born’s “Evergreen”). What will she be singing this time around? Guessing is part of the fun! When Zadan and Meron announced that Barbara would be making an appearance during the she, apparently told them, “I love the fact that you announced me but you didn’t announce what I would be doing because I really want to surprise people when I come out as to what I am going to be doing.”

Head on over to Deadline for more, including how Zadan and Meron have been keeping everything as much a secret as possible (impressive in this digital age of instant information) and whether they were surprised at how big an undertaking producing the Oscars is. And be sure to tune into the Oscars this Sunday at 7pm EST/4pm PST on ABC!

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.

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