Show producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh on Monday announced the ensemble cast to present at the 93rd Oscars, which airs live on ABC, Sunday, April 25 (8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT).
Starring, in alphabetical order, are Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya.
“In keeping with our awards-show-as-a-movie approach, we’ve assembled a truly stellar cast of stars,” Collins, Sher and Soderbergh said. “There’s so much wattage here, sunglasses may be required.”
Additional talent joining the show will be announced.
The 93rd Oscars will be held at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, plus international locations via satellite. It will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
Google Sponsoring Additional Accessibility for Oscars
Audio description for blind will be provided for first time in telecast's history
Closed captioning available for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing
Google is joining ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ efforts to broaden access of the 93rd Oscars by sponsoring this year’s closed captioning and, in a telecast first, audio descriptions for the live telecast nationwide. The addition of audio description, which is audio-narrated descriptions of a program’s key visual elements, ensures viewers who are blind and low vision will be able to take in all the action occurring on the screen and provide a much-richer experience as they listen to the more traditional aspects of the show from the presenters, winners and performances.
The closed captioning will be provided by VITAC, and the audio description will be provided by VITAC and Audio Eyes.
“Google is committed to making the world a more accessible place by working to ensure disabled people are represented in the stories we tell and the products we build,” said KR Liu, head of brand accessibility. “We are excited to do our part in making this year’s Oscars accessible for everyone by helping to make audio descriptions and captions available for viewers.”
“During the show, Google will also run an ad that features the story of Google employee Tony Lee, a child of deaf parents, also called a CODA. The spot explores how his family communicates today with the help of Google products including Live Transcribe, captions in Google Meet & live caption on Android and Chrome.”
Viewers can check with their television manufacturer, cable company or streaming service for details on how to access these functions on respective televisions.
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