Are You Ready For Oscar? Next Year’s Academy Awards Gets A Promo Trailer

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As 2013 slowly flutters away, we can start to look forward to another year filled to the brim with awards shows that will kick off in January. Arguably, well not really arguably, it is the biggest awards show of them all, the Oscars, is set to roll on the 2nd March with new host Ellen Degeneres presenting.

The ABC telecast will be broadcast around the world and now a promo trailer for the ceremony has just been released featuring 250 tuxedo-clad men and women dancing to “The Walker” by indie pop band Fitz and The Tantrums, and Ellen of course. The one-minute video is directed by BRIDESMAIDS helmer Paul Feig, and you can check it out below.

Hit it over to Oscars.org for more videos including interviews with Degeneres and Feig.

Here we go indeed.

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy launched its Oscar season with a trailer starring show host Ellen DeGeneres and 250 tuxedo-clad men and women dancing to “The Walker” by indie pop band Fitz and The Tantrums. The Oscars® will air Sunday, March 2, 2014, live on ABC.

“I had the best time making this,” said DeGeneres. “I love Paul, I love tWitch, I love Fitz and I like most of the Tantrums.”

Paul Feig, a new Academy member, conceived and directed the trailer, which was choreographed by freestyle dancer Stephen “tWitch” Boss. Feig’s directorial credits include “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat” and the upcoming comedy “Susan Cooper,” starring Melissa McCarthy.

“To work with Ellen, tWitch Boss, Allison Holker and 250 amazing dancers to the music of Fitz and The Tantrums to promote the Oscars for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences was an absolute dream come true,” said Feig. “Just typing that sentence made me giddy and exhausted. I’m going to lie down now.”

The trailer will run in theaters nationwide beginning January 3, 2014. It also can be viewed on the Academy’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/Oscars.

Fitz and The Tantrums’ “The Walker” is the new single from their critically acclaimed second full length release, “More Than Just a Dream,” on Atlantic/Elektra Records. The band’s first single, “Out of My League,” went #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Song Chart.

Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, will also be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Source: AMPAS

Paul has been writing for film websites for over ten years. The Hollywood News was born out of love for film and his frustration at not being a very good filmmaker himself. Those who cannot do, write about – or so they say. Aside from the site, Paul has directed a music video (badly), has one credit to his name on the IMDb, enjoys running, driving (now that he has finally passed his test at the age of 33), and of course going to the movies.

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