Well, we certainly can’t guarantee that there will be any black people receiving awards at the Oscars in 11 days, when the 87th show airs (if only because there isn’t exactly a long list of nominees who happen to be black), hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. But what we can guarantee is that there will be a few black performers who will stand on that glorious stage, even if only to perform or present.
It’s been announced that Jennifer Hudson (who won the Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role, for the 2006 film “Dreamgirls”) will be performing that evening, although no word yet on what exactly she will sing.
“We’re creating several musical sequences for the Oscars and we couldn’t be happier that our friend, Jennifer Hudson, will be performing in one of them,” says producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (who also produced last year’s show).
Also announced as performers are Common and John Legend, who will perform “Glory” from “Selma.”
“Common and John Legend are artists who have always lifted our spirits and made us think,” said Zadan and Meron. “The Oscar stage is that much more profound because of their presence and we welcome them.”
“Glory,” written by John Stephens (a.k.a. John Legend) and Lonnie Lynn (a.k.a. Common) for the film “Selma,” is nominated for Original Song.
Also David Oyelowo, Viola Davis, Kevin Hart, Zoe Saldana, Octavia Spencer, Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Eddie Murphy, have all been announced as presenters at this year’s Oscars, although no word on what exactly they’ll each be presenting.
Oyelowo, of course, portrays Martin Luther King, Jr. one of this year’s Best Picture nominees, “Selma,” which Winfrey also appears in and produced. Nyong’o was last year’s Oscar winner in the supporting actress category, so it could be that she’ll be presenting the Oscar for supporting actor (previous year’s winners return to present the following year, in the gender-opposite of the category they won in).
Spencer won the Oscar in that category (supporting actress) in 2012, for her performance in “The Help.”
Ejiofor was nominated in the Best Actor category last year.
And Eddie Murphy was a Best Supporting Actor nominee in 2007.
The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC, at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT.