Sunday, July 21, 2024

Oscars Will Rock You: Show Shaping Up to Be a Hit as They Add Queen with Adam Lambert to Bill with Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson, Bette Midler


The Oscars are going to be a hit even if they run for 24 hours. The Academy and producers have added Queen with Adam Lambert to the performers.

The list of musical entertainers already includes Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson, and Bette Midler, as well as Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and maybe Kendrick Lamar with SZA. This will be a SHOW.

I am not surprised that this year’s guest producer Donna Gigliotti has righted the Oscar ship. She’s celebrating the 20th anniversary of her producing “Shakespeare in Love” to its Best Picture, Actress, and Supporting Actress wins. She also produced “The Reader” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” Donna knows what she’s doing!

So let’s just forget all the other stuff — it’s enough already. Let’s move forward. Adam Lambert just killed it on the Elvis special last night. You know he, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon are going to make Freddie Mercury smile down from the heavens.

What else will Donna and Dawn Hudson surprise us with? A surprise host, maybe? (Let Jerry Seinfeld just come out and tell a few jokes.) More performers? Surprise presenters? Who gives Best Picture? (Clint Eastwood would be my choice. He had a $100 million movie.)

Things are shaping up! Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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