The Advocate
February 11, 2013

Let's face it: you're going to watch the Oscars no matter what. But producing powerhouse Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago, Smash, Footloose, dozens of other projects) are helming the 85th annual Academy Awards and they're determined not to make it a slog. Even though the presenters and host aren't lubricated with alcohol like at the Golden Globes, and attendees will have their naughty bits covered, unlike the Grammys, Zadan and Meron are packing their telecast with lively performances a-plenty. While much of the joy of the Oscars is watching it with friends, Zadan and Meron say their show will be as entertaining as your wittiest, bitchiest pal. Here's more of what to expect on February 24, aka Oscar day.