Celeste, H.E.R., Leslie Odom Jr, Laura Pausini, Daniel Pemberton, Molly Sandén, and Diane Warren will perform the five nominated original songs in their entirety for “Oscars: Into the Spotlight”.
The event will act as the lead-in to the 93rd Oscars, according to producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher, and Steven Soderbergh. One performance will be recorded in Húsavík, Iceland, with four recorded at the Dolby Family Terrace of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.
“We have come up with some serious pre-game and post-game action to enhance our main event,” said Collins, Sher, and Soderbergh, “Our suggestion is just tune in for the whole shebang, otherwise you’ll miss something really unexpected and fun.”
Hosted by actors Ariana DeBose of Hamilton, and Lil Rel Howery who starred in Bad Trip, the 90-minute “Oscars: Into the Spotlight” will highlight the nominees’ journey to Hollywood’s biggest night.
It will also give fans around the world the ultimate insiders’ sneak peek into the party and for the first time bring Oscar music to the festivities. The show will feature a special appearance by DJ Tara. “Oscars: Into the Spotlight” will air on Oscar Sunday on 25 April.
At the conclusion of the 93rd Oscars, the celebration continues live on ABC with “Oscars: After Dark”, which will be hosted by actors Colman Domingo (Zola) and Andrew Rannells (The Prom), and featuring interviews by film critic Elvis Mitchell. The special recaps the evening’s must-see moments and showcases Oscar winners as they have their statuettes personalised.
Both specials are executive-produced by Michael Antinoro and David Chamberlin, alongside producers Collins, Sher, and Soderbergh.
The 93rd Oscars will be held on 25 April 2021 at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood, as well as the Highland Center in Hollywood, and international locations via satellite.