The Academy just announced that Kristin Chenoweth and host Seth MacFarlane will participate in
a special show-closing musical performance at Sunday’s ceremony.
“After the best picture award has been given, Seth and Kristin will
perform a special number and we think it will be a ‘can’t miss’ moment,”
said Oscarcast exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a statement.
Man, are they truly going all in on the music. Do even the most diehard musical fans have this much enthusiasm for it at the Academy Awards?
Maybe they think what works for the Tonys works for the Oscars, and what works for Neil Patrick Harris works for McFarlane. I remain unconvinced, but I hope to be proven wrong. It would be much better if this turned out to be a smash and not a “Smash.”