The Motion Picture Academy today revealed the first lineup of presenters and performers for the 88th Academy Awards, which will be televised live Sunday, Feb. 28, on ABC.
Presenters and performers announced today are Benicio Del Toro, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan Gosling, Kevin Hart, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Charlize Theron, Jacob Tremblay, The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams.
In a statement, Oscars producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said: “Each of these artists brings a wonderfully distinctive element to the Oscars stage. Together they represent the many thrilling ways stories can be shared about the human experience, and we’re honored they will be part of the celebration.”
ABC released a few Oscars-related programming notes in connection with the announcement:
- “The 88th Oscars” will be held Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
- On Feb. 29, 2016, “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” will continue its awards season tradition with the fifth edition of “LIVE’s After Oscar Show,” airing live in national syndication at 9 a.m. ET. The talk show’s annual post-Oscars telecast has become one of its most popular episodes and is broadcast from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.
- The 11th annual “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After The Oscars” special will air live on Oscar Sunday, Feb. 28, after the late local news ET/CT and at 10 p.m. PT on the ABC Television Network.