Academy Award producers Bill Condon
and Laurence Mark
have revealed that comedy writer-director-producer Judd Apatow
(Knocked Up) will appear on stage during the Oscar telecast on Feb. 22, and will bring a short film that will serve as a tribute to comedy.
“We’re thrilled to say that our contemporary comedy master Judd Apatow is contributing both a film and live material to that part of the show,” Condon said Wednesday.
“Judd was truly a prince to hop on and truly whip up special shooting for it,” Mark added. “It’s a big deal.”
According to the AP, director Baz Luhrmann
(Moulin Rouge, Australia) has also created a production number featuring Oscar host Hugh Jackman
, and Capote director Bennett Miller
will also be contributing a short film sequence. There is even a hint that other big filmmakers will also be participating in the show, although the producers refuse to divulge any further details.