At the 2003 Academy Awards, the musical Chicago was nominated for thirteen Oscars® and won six, including Best Picture. This year, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Chicago’s triumph, Oscar® winners, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Russell Crowe along with many others, will all perform a tribute to the rebirth of big-screen musicals. In today’s press release, this year’s Oscar® producers, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, who also produced Chicago, stated “We are pleased to have been able to amass so much talent to create the celebration of musicals of the last decade that we envisioned. We are thrilled that so many talented actors have agreed to bring our vision to life.”
The big musical this time around is Les Miserables, nominated for eight awards including Best Picture. If it wins, it would be the first musical win since Chicago. When Chicago won, it was the first time a musical won since 1968 when Oliver took home Best Picture.
In addition to Zeta-Jones, three other Chicago co-stars will reunite for the occasion, including, Renee Zellweger, Queen Latifah and Richard Gere. All four actors were nominated for the musical, only Zeta-Jones won. Producers Zadan and Meron told The Age, “We are very excited to reunite the stars of Chicago to present on the Oscars®, on the 10th anniversary of the movie’s win for Best Picture.”
Watch Catherine Zeta-Jones accept the award for Best Supporting Actress.
Zadan also told The Hollywood Reporter that after the Best Picture is announced, viewers should not change the channel. They’ve saved the musical tribute to close the show. “We want to have an actual ending.”
Will Les Misereable be the big winner this year? Don’t forget to vote in our Oscar® Ballot Challenge. You could win a library of Miramax Oscar® winning films, including Chicago! Click here to enter and make sure to watch The Oscars®, this Sunday, February 24 7e/4p on ABC.