"Chicago," "Dreamgirls" and "Les Misérables" among the films being recognized
The Oscars will honor the movie musicals of the last 10 years during its telecast this year, the show's producers said Friday.
Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said they were particularly excited to "showcase" three recent movie musicals — "Chicago," "Dreamgirls" and this year's "Les Misérables." That trio of films performed well with audiences and Oscar voters: "Chicago" scored a Best Picture statue in 2002; "Dreamgirls" won an award for star Jennifer Hudson in 2006, and "Les Misérables" is up for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture.
It's not clear if the tribute will pause to reflect on some of the decade's musicals that were less beloved; a hall of infamy that numbers "Burlesque" and "Nine" among its members.
It won't be the evening's only tribute. Oscar producers said they also plan to honor James Bond's 50th anniversary with a special segment devoted to the super spy.
The Oscars will take place on Feb. 24.