What to expect from the opening night of the Oscars in 2016
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The first stars of the upcoming 2016 Academy Awards will take center stage on Sunday as a host of pop stars and a handful of Hollywood celebrities step forward to perform in the annual ceremony to honor film and television pioneers, marking the start of a new era for the awards.
The opening ceremony will also be held in Hollywood and a slew of film and TV stars will be in attendance including Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Amy Adams and Russell Crowe, the Hollywood Reporter reported on Saturday.
A full list of nominees is not expected to be released until late April, but the nominees are expected to include Academy Award winners such as Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood, Oscar winners such the film “Hacksaw Ridge” and the television series “Mad Men,” along with a handful more names that will be announced later in the year.
For the first time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host the ceremony, which was created by the Academy in 1964 to honor the best films and television shows of the 20th century.
The ceremony, billed as the “World Premiere of the Academy Awards” will feature a star-studded lineup including Academy Award nominees Amy Adams, who is nominated for her role in “Mad Max: Fury Road” and who is also nominated for “The Big Sick” and “The Last Airbender.”
Among the stars that are expected in attendance on Sunday are James Corden, who plays a fictionalized version of himself in “Lost,” while Seth MacFarlane, who stars in the TV series “Family Guy,” and Bill Hader, who portrays himself in the television movie “The Internship.”
Also expected to perform at the ceremony will be “Saturday Night Live” host Tina Fey, who played a woman who became a superhero in the Marvel Comics universe, and “Veep” creator Adam Scott, who will appear in the upcoming “Transformers: Age of Extinction” movie.
Also among the stars expected to participate are David Oyelowo, the actor who portrays the villainous Captain Hook in “The Avengers” franchise, as well as David Duchovny, who portrayed the character in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” and Michael Cera, who appeared in “Silicon Valley” and other films.
Other Oscar winners that are being considered for the night include James Franco, who also starred in “Fury Road,” “The Graduate,” “Gone Girl” and most recently in “Clerks” and in the films “Logan,” “Black Swan,” “A Christmas Story” and more.
Oyelowos role in the film adaptation of “Lorenzo” and his portrayal of a character named “Cesar” in the “Lion” film series have garnered widespread critical acclaim.
In a nod to the award’s popularity among the film industry, “Lincoln” will also feature a host cast that includes Kate Winslet, Amy Schumer and Adam Driver, the two actors to take home the Oscar for best supporting actor.
A host of other actors are also being considered to perform on the night, including Matthew McConaughey, who starred in the hit film “Boyhood” and is nominated in his first film, “American Sniper,” as well, Robert De Niro, who took home the best actor trophy for his role in director Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws.”
A host host of Oscar nominees will be revealed later this year, with the ceremony to be broadcast live on NBC, with a live stream to be announced at a later date.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.