From the star-studded red carpet to the teary acceptance speeches, the 84th Academy Awards is sure to write another page of Hollywood history when it airs this Sunday, February 26. These are a few of the moments-in-the-making:
The iconic Meryl Streep has joined the list of presenters, it was announced on Wednesday, February 22. She will join previously announced presenters Emma Stone, Cameron Diaz, Chris Rock, Bradley Cooper, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lopez and the cast of Bridesmaids. Streep is nominated for Best Actress for The Iron Lady, in which she played Margaret Thatcher. The nod is her 17th nomination–the most for any performer in Oscar history. She previously won a Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in 1979’s Kramer vs. Kramer, and Best Actress for her role in the 1982 film Sophie’s Choice.
Hosting is Billy Crystal, who was brought on after Eddie Murphy and producer Brett Ratner both resigned amid a scandal over inappropriate remarks made by Ratner. Crystal has hosted the Oscars eight times before. This soon-to-be-ninth time as M.C. is second only to Bob Hope’s 18 times as host.
The big performer of the night is Cirque du Soleil. The performance will be set to music from Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman, who wrote the score for the troupe’s IRIS, A Journey through the World of Cinema. The performance will use a cast of 50-plus performers from around the world. It will mark a record for Cirque du Soleil: the largest assembly of high-flying, gravity-defying members for a single performance.
Watch the 84th Academy Awards Sunday, February 26 at 8:30 p.m. EST and catch the red carpet beforehand at 8 p.m. EST on CTV.–Erin Fitzsimmons
Watch the Oscar promo videos below: