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MacFarlane and Chenoweth to perform in musical number at the 85th Academy Awards Kristin Chenoweth and 2013 Academy Awards host Seth MacFarlane will be featured in a closing musical number, the show's producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced. The Academy's press release quotes the Oscarcast producers as saying that the musical number is a "'can't miss' moment." (Another apparent such moment would certainly have been James Franco singing in drag at the 2011 Oscar ceremony; however, Franco's number was axed by the Powers That Be.) [Picture above: Kristin Chenoweth up close and personal on the red carpet of the 80th Academy Awards.] Besides Chenoweth and MacFarlane, the performers at this year's ceremony, which features an homage to James Bond and to recent Hollywood musicals, include the following: Chicago's Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dreamgirls' Jennifer Hudson, much of the Les Misérables cast (Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Russell Crowe, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit, and Helena Bonham Carter -- but not Sacha Baron Cohen); Skyfall's Adele, »

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