OSCAR(R) WINNER JENNIFER HUDSON TO PERFORM AT 87TH OSCARS(R)
LOS ANGELES, CA - Oscar and Grammy-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson will be performing on the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
"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 Zadan and Meron.
Hudson won the Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for the 2006 film "Dreamgirls." Her other acting credits include "Sex and the City" (2008), "The Secret Life of Bees" (2008), "Winnie Mandela" (2013) and "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete" (2013). Hudson's self-titled debut album won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album and was certified Gold, as was her second album, "I Remember Me." This year, she was nominated for Best R&B Performance for the song "It's Your World," from her 2014 album, "JHUD."
The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre(R) at Hollywood & Highland Center(R) in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m., ET/4 p.m. PT., The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
Designed to be the ultimate complement to the broadcast, The Oscars Backstage will also be live at 7 p.m., ET/4 p.m., PT in the US on the WATCH ABC app for desktop and mobile devices. Presented again this year by Samsung Galaxy(R), The Oscars Backstage lets fans select from three channels that will pull from more than 20 live cameras strategically placed on the Red Carpet and throughout the backstage areas of the Dolby Theatre, providing fans with insider views into the most memorable moments of the night. Popular cameras positions include the Director's Cut (including Thank You cam), Audience and Backstage.
Additionally, fans who have verified with a participating pay TV provider in one of the eight ABC Owned markets - Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco - can access a live feed of the Oscars preshow, full awards telecast and "Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars" as part of the regular WATCH ABC service. Live streaming is currently available through Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, DISH, DirecTV (coming soon), Midcontinent Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber and AT&T U-verse, among others. Once aired, the full Oscars telecast will be available on demand via WATCH ABC for verified viewers for three days. WATCH ABC can be accessed from Oscar.com, ABC.com, or via the WATCH ABC app, which can be downloaded for free at Google Play and the App Store. Verified viewers then log in using their cable or satellite subscription username and password.
The 10th annual "Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars" airs Sunday, February 22 at 12:05 a.m., ET after the late local news and at 10:00 p.m., PT on ABC. Broadcasting from Disney's El Capitan Theater located on Hollywood Boulevard in the heart of L.A.'s star-studded Walk of Fame, the studio is just steps away from Dolby Theater, home to the "Academy Awards." Kimmel's previous post-Oscar specials have featured viral comedy bits and guest appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, Kevin Spacey, Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Ben Affleck, Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Jon Stewart, Morgan Freeman, Billy Crystal, Martin Scorsese, Chris Hemsworth, Christoph Waltz, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Gary Oldman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Kingsley, and many more. Over the past six years, the show's post-Oscar comedy bits have racked up over 55 million views on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" YouTube channel.
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