This years Academy Awards has drawn a lot of controversy over its lack of diversity as for the nominees goes with Twitter using the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite being that it’s the second year in a row that no person of color was nominated in any of the major categories.
This week the Oscars released their list of performers and presenters unlike the nominations the ceremony is more diverse with color and gender. Pharrell and The Weeknd. Presumably, the latter will perform their Oscar-nominated 50 Shades Of Grey soundtrack contribution “Earned It,” and the former will do …. one of the N.E.R.D. songs from the SpongeBob SquarePants movie? Sam Smith is also scheduled to perform his nominated James Bond theme “Writing’s On The Wall.”
Other presenters announced include Kevin Hart, Whoopi Goldberg, Benicio del Toro, Tina Fey, Ryan Gosling, and Charlize Theron. The Academy Awards will air on 2/28.