We initially guessed that she could performing the ‘In Memoriam’ segment. Gaga’s rendition of ‘Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye’ from her ‘Cheek To Cheek’ album would certainly be a fitting choice. (Last year’s ‘In Memoriam’ was a stunning performance of ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ from Bette Midler). However, inside word is that she is performing in tribute to the film 'The Sound Of Music'.
Zadan and Meron confirmed several other exciting pieces of information:
They are bringing out the big guns to write a showstopping musical number for host Neil Patrick Harris. “On the heels of the international success of last year’s ‘Frozen’ and their Oscar for ‘Let It Go’, we couldn't be happier to have Kristen and Bobby Lopez write an incredibly special song for Neil Patrick Harris and special guests to perform this year on the Oscar stage. YouTube, get ready!” Bobby Lopez is also the songwriter behind ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘The Book of Mormon’.
Openly gay indie pop twins, Tegan and Sara will re-team to perform Best Song nominee ‘Everything Is Awesome’ from ‘The Lego Movie’.
"We're creating several musical sequences for the Oscars and we couldn't be happier that our friend, Jennifer Hudson, will be performing in one of them." Hudson has appeared on the Oscars before, both as a performer and winner.
Presenters will include Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Benedict Cumberbatch, Channing Tatum, Chris Evans, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, and interestingly, John Travolta – who famously butchered his script last year while introducing Idina Menzel. Aussies Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, and Naomi Watts will also present. Openly gay ‘Good Morning America’ anchor, Robin Roberts will host the official red carpet telecast.
The 87th Oscars will take place Sunday, February 22 (US time) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and are televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.