– Kristin Chenoweth, Entertainment
Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle and “Good Morning America” anchor
Lara Spencer hosting ABC's Oscar pre-show, ”The
Oscars Red Carpet Live,” exec produced by this year's Oscarcast team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

– "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and Quvenzhane Wallis joined the pilgrimage of Oscar contenders to the White House, notes Ted Johnson at Wilshire & Washington.

– "Lincoln" screenwriter Tony Kushner joined a letter sent to the U.S. Senate "objecting to the pressure exerted by three of them — Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin and John McCain — on 'Zero Dark Thirty,' " reports Michael Cieply at the Carpetbagger.

– Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah from 2002 best picture winner "Chicago" have joined the musical-heavy presenter crew at this year's Oscars. So have Ben Affleck, Jessica
Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Sandra
Bullock, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.

– The late Nora Ephron will receive a tribute at the WGA East portion of Sunday's Writers Guild Awards. (More on the WGAs here.)

– Wednesday's Film Independent Event focused on Ben Affleck gets a recap from Dave McNary of Variety.

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