The academy has already announced that the three living winners of last year's acting Oscars -- leads Sean Penn ("Milk") and Kate Winslet ("The Reader") and supporting champ Penelope Cruz ("Vicky Christina Barcelona") -- will be presenters at this year's Academy Awards. Beyond that, there has been much speculation as to whom co-hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will be welcoming to the stage of the Kodak Theater on March 7.
On Monday, the academy posted a video to its YouTube channel entitled "Meet the Writers." The blurb for this 2:00 spot reads: "Go behind the scenes with the producers and writers of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards® featuring Bruce Vilanch, Jon Macks, Jeff Richman, Carol Leifer, Beth Armogida, Dave Feldman, co-host and writer Steve Martin and producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman." While there is much amusing banter heard among them -- with Martin chiming in via speakerphone -- it is what is seen that is more interesting.
As one of our eagle-eyed forum posters -- the aptly-named Academy Awards Guru -- reports, "you can see a board on the background, it has several labels indicating the 13 segments of the ceremony, the first and final segment with the two hosts, the other segments with one host (first steve, then alec)."
And he says, "Other things that I saw:
The award for best foreign language film will be presented by Quentin Tarantino and Pedro Almodovar (as some reports said it before).
The nominated songs will be performed separately.
They also will feature a clip of each one of the 10 best picture nominees.
James Taylor will perform or present.
"The Hangover' cast will present or perform."
Keep checking back at Gold Derby and in this thread in the forums for further advance details of the telecast.
Photo: "Meet the Writers" introductory screenshot. Credit: AMPAS