Barbra Streisand & Serena Williams among list of Best Picture nominee presenters at Oscars

Barbra Streisand, Serena Williams and chef Jose Andres will be among the stars presenting the Best Picture nominees at the Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19). Producers of the 91st Academy Awards have also invited Queen Latifah, Diego Luna, Wayne’s World star…

Barbra Streisand, Serena Williams and chef Jose Andres will be among the stars presenting the Best Picture nominees at the Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19).

Producers of the 91st Academy Awards have also invited Queen Latifah, Diego Luna, Wayne’s World stars Dana Carvey and Mike Myers, rocker Tom Morello, and Amandla Stenberg to take the stage to salute the night’s biggest movies.

Announcing the decision via a statement on Wednesday (20Feb19), Oscars producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss said: “Movies connect us all. They move us, and they create moments and memories that unite us.

“We are thrilled to assemble this well-known array of film lovers to introduce and share their reflections on the Best Picture-nominated movies.”

Meanwhile, rockers Queen will open the show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The group, whose beginnings feature in the Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhadsody, were asked to get things started in the absence of a traditional Oscars host.

Current Queen frontman Adam Lambert announced the big news via Twitter on Monday (18Feb19) and posted a 15-second video of the band performing We Will Rock You as the words “Queen + Adam Lambert. Feb 24th. 5pm EST. The OSCARS” flashed up on the screen.

He added the caption: “We will rock The Oscars Feb 24th. 5pm PST. @TheAcademy @QueenWillRock.”

Academy Awards bosses confirmed the big news via social media, adding: “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? We welcome @QueenWillRock and @adamlambert to this year’s #Oscars!”

Their band’s movie, which is up for five awards on Sunday, has taken in more than $850 million (£649,000) at the global box office to become the most successful musical biopic ever.

The Oscars will be without a host for the first time in 30 years following comedian Kevin Hart’s decision to step down last year (18) after the discovery of past homophobic tweets he sent out almost a decade ago.

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Kelly Clarkson to support Time’s Up by wearing white rose to Grammy Awards

Kelly Clarkson and Rita Ora are among the musicians who will pledge their support to the Time’s Up movement by wearing white roses to the upcoming Grammy Awards.The planned demonstration, which comes just weeks after the majority of stars wore black to…

Kelly Clarkson and Rita Ora are among the musicians who will pledge their support to the Time’s Up movement by wearing white roses to the upcoming Grammy Awards.

The planned demonstration, which comes just weeks after the majority of stars wore black to the Golden Globe Awards to support the movement, formed in response to the sexual assault and harassment scandal sweeping Hollywood, has been planned by Meg Harkins, senior vice president at Roc Nation, and Karen Rait, rhythmic promotion at Interscope Geffen A&M Records.

The duo realised that no plans had been put in place for stars attending the biggest night in the music industry to show their support for those who have come forward with tales of sexual assault. Harkins and Rait then assembled around a dozen other women in music, dubbing themselves Voices in Entertainment, for a dinner in New York on Monday (22Jan18) to come up with a plan for Sunday night’s ceremony.

After much discussion, they came up with the symbol of a white rose – which references the white colour the suffragettes wore during their protests and also the hue Hillary Clinton donned at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.

Since they set their plan, the Voices in Entertainment have been reaching out to their contacts to encourage them to wear white roses to the event, with Kelly, Rita, Halsey, Cyndi Lauper, Dua Lipa, Rapsody and Tom Morello among those who have agreed to accessorise their ensemble with the flower on Sunday night.

Harkins and Rait have also been in touch with the Time’s Up movement headquarters to discuss their plans for the Grammys, and to ensure that they can coordinate their messages.

“It is an important conversation politically in our country and it’s also a conversation we need to have internally with our artists and our companies,” Harkins told Billboard.com. “We need to say if anyone is feeling like they’re being discriminated against and they don’t feel safe in their workplace, they have people who will support them.”

“Music artists have a lot of impact… So it’s only fitting that that music’s biggest night show the support for equality and safety in the workplace and that people need to be cognisant of their fellow employees,” Rait added.

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