The musical gang will all be there on Oscar night.
The band U2 is scheduled to perform its nominated song, “Ordinary Love,” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” while Idina Menzel will bring “Let It Go” from “Frozen” to life and Karen O (lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) will perform “The Moon Song” from the movie “Her” on the March 2 broadcast.
As announced, Pharrell Williams will perform his song, “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2.”
There are only four songs in contention because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rescinded the nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone” after an email about it was seen as undermining the integrity of the voting process.
In other Oscar news, the team responsible for overseeing the Governors Ball immediately after the ceremony has been announced. It will be staged on the top level of the Hollywood Highland Center.
Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland, event producer Cheryl Cecchetto and master chef Wolfgang Puck are returning for the post-Oscar celebration for 1,500 invited guests, including winners, nominees, presenters and other telecast participants.
Puck, along with chef Matt Bencivenga, will create the menu featuring more than 50 dishes, from one-bite hors d’oeuvres to small-plate entrees that will be passed throughout the evening.
The menu, which includes such favorites as smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles and mini American Wagyu burgers with aged cheddar and remoulade, will incorporate local produce and sustainable seafood.
Also on tap: crispy lobster shrimp dumplings, bites of fried chicken with white grits and (with vegans in mind) shots of carrot orange gazpacho, taro root tacos with avocado, and butternut squash with farro and wild rice.
A pastry team will prepare chocolate-dipped strawberry cheesecake pops, citrus panna cotta with funky chunky chocolate popcorn and a cake to honor Puck’s 20th consecutive year creating the menu for the Governors Ball.
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will pay tribute to Shirley Temple Black with a series of her films March 9 and 10. The retired actress died at age 85 at her home in Woodside, Calif., last week.
“Shirley Temple was a good friend and an extraordinary human being who, after being the most famous person in the world at age 6 and Hollywood’s pint-sized queen at age 7, grew up to be such a lovely, civic-minded citizen, wife and mother, as well as the U.S. ambassador to two countries,” TCM host Robert Osborne said in a statement.
The March 9-10 schedule:
4:30 p.m.: “Heidi” (1937)
6:15 p.m.: “Stowaway” (1936)
8 p.m.: “Bright Eyes” (1934)
9:30 p.m.: “The Little Princess” (1939)
11:15 p.m.: “I’ll Be Seeing You” (1944)
12:45 a.m.: “The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer” (1947)
2:30 a.m.: “A Kiss for Corliss” (1949)
4:15 a.m.: “That Hagen Girl” (1947)
The Oscars are just the culmination of a very long, crowded awards season.
On Wednesday, the Visual Effects Society held its annual awards ceremony, recognizing artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials, video games and special venues.
Comedian Patton Oswalt served as host to the 1,000-plus guests at the Beverly Hilton, where honors were given in 24 categories. The teams from “Gravity,” “Frozen,” “Game of Thrones” and PETA led in their respective categories, with the space spectacle taking six, the animated movie four and the others three each.
Sandra Bullock was a surprise presenter, handing “Gravity” director Alfonso Cuaron the VES Visionary Award.
Former Pittsburgh resident Gary Brozenich was part of the winning team for outstanding supporting visual effects in a feature movie. He and three others won for “The Lone Ranger.” See www.visualeffectssociety.com for a full list of winners.
Oswalt, who also will host the Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 1, has big (and odd) plans for the ceremony.
He announced this week that he will replace the symbolic avian trophies with a live bird for each winner at the event. It’s a daytime luncheon held under a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. He was expected to reveal more details in a chat with the media Friday.
The awards honor artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. “12 Years a Slave” will go into the ceremony with a leading seven nominations, including for feature, director Steve McQueen and actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o.