As the preparations for the 2014 Oscars continues, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced that Grammy Award®-winning singer and actress Pink will make a special appearance on the Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
“We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar® stage for the very first time,” said Zadan and Meron. “She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast.”
Pink has won three Grammy Awards and six MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Collaboration for the single “Just Give Me A Reason” from her 2012 album “The Truth About Love.” The song was her eighth to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart, setting an industry record. Named Billboard Woman of the Year in 2013, Pink has sold over 40 million albums and 65 million singles. Acting under her given name, Alecia Moore, she received critical acclaim for her role in the 2013 ensemble drama “Thanks for Sharing,” which starred Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Gwyneth Paltrow.
2014 Governors Ball Creative Team Held Press Preview
The 2014 Governors Ball Creative Team also held a Governors Ball Press Preview to showcase the décor, menu, entertainment and the attire to be worn by the evening’s staff. The Governors Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscar® celebration, which will immediately follow the 86th Oscars® ceremony on Sunday, March 2, will 1,500 invited guests include Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants. This year’s Ball will feature lush vertical gardens designed with classic, elegant lines, inviting guests to meet, mingle and celebrate under the stars.
Wolfgang Puck, along with chef Matt Bencivenga, will create the menu featuring more than 50 imaginative dishes, from one-bite hors d’oeuvres to small-plate entrees that will be passed throughout the evening. The menu, which includes such signature favorites as smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, and mini American Wagyu burgers with aged Cheddar and remoulade, will incorporate local produce and sustainable seafood. Modern presentations such as crispy lobster shrimp dumplings with five spice and bites of fried chicken with white grits will add excitement, while an expanded selection of vegan dishes, including shots of carrot orange gazpacho, taro root tacos with avocado, and butternut squash with farro and wild rice will have a more prominent focus.
This year’s dynamic pastry team includes Della Gossett, Spago’s executive pastry chef; Kamel Guechida, corporate director of pastry for the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group; Romain Lenoir, executive pastry chef of Wolfgang Puck Catering; and Jason Lemonnier, pastry chef for Hollywood & Highland. Together these chefs will create elegant seasonal desserts, such as chocolate-dipped strawberry cheesecake pops, citrus panna cotta with funky chunky chocolate popcorn, a celebratory cake to honor Puck’s 20th consecutive year creating the menu for the Governors Ball, as well as the now signature miniature Oscar Statue treats that has become a must-have for every Governors Ball.
The Governors Ball will take place in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood Highland Center® immediately following the Oscar telecast.
CHRISTOPH WALTZ RETURNS TO PRESENT AT THE OSCARS®
Two-time Oscar® winner Christoph Waltz will present at this year’s Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Last year Waltz won his second Oscar for his supporting performance in “Django Unchained.” He received his first in 2009 for his supporting role in “Inglourious Basterds.” Waltz’s other feature credits include “Carnage,” “The Green Hornet” and “Water for Elephants.” Waltz will next be seen in “Big Eyes“ and “Horrible Bosses 2.”