Monday, May 20, 2024

FRIDAY UPDATE Sunday’s Oscar “Movie” Adds THREE Nominees: Steven Yeun, Viola Davis and Riz Ahmed Join Unusual Broadcast


FRIDAY UPDATE 3:15PM “Minari” star and nominee Steven Yeun has been added to the show.

EARLIER As you may have heard, it’s going to be a different kind of Academy Awards show on Sunday.

The producers say it will be more like a move than awards show, with a “cast” instead of presenters.

They’ve just added two nominees to the cast. Viola Davis and Riz Ahmed have joined the group that already includes Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, RenĂ©e Zellweger and Zendaya.

I don’t know about you, but I want to see this movie.

The Oscars begin at 8pm on Sunday night on ABC. But at 6:30pm they’re going to have a 90 minute special with all the nominated Best Songs performed.

Simultaneously, at 7pm, for an hour, Elton John is having a virtual special to raise money for his AIDS Foundation. Dua Lipa is performing and a lot of celebs like Neil Patrick Harris and Lady Gaga will be involved. It costs a mere 20 bucks. You can buy the tickets here.


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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