An eight-months pregnant Catherine Zeta-Jones and co-star Queen Latifah will perform a song from their hit musical Chicago at this weekend's war-muted Oscars ceremony, organisers announced. The two best supporting actress nominees will do a rendition of the number I Move On, which is nominated for best original song, during the show that organisers vow will go on despite the ongoing hostilities in the Middle East.
Zeta-Jones, the 33-year-old wife of superstar Michael Douglas,58, will perform despite the fact that she is due to give birth to the couple's second child just two weeks after the Oscars. An ambulance was on standby outside another awards show she attended earlier this month in case the Welsh-born beauty went into labour. One suspects that the same procedure would be in place this time as well.
Also scheduled to perform at this year's Oscars is singer-songwriter Paul Simon who will be making his first appearance at the Academy Awards. Simon, half of the famed 60s and 70s duo Simon and Garfunkel, will sing Father and Daughter from The Wild Thornberrys Movie.
The song, which was written by Simon, is nominated in the best original song category. The ceremony is due to be televised from 5:30 pm (0130) GMT on Sunday, but organisers have warned that changes could be made to the programme in the event of breaking news events in Iraq.
In addition to the two new performers announced on Wednesday, Irish rockers U2 will perform their Oscar-nominated hit from "Gangs of New York." The number, The Hands that Built America, won the four U2 members a nomination for best original song.
The nominations for this year's Oscars in 24 categories were unveiled on February 11, with the hit musical Chicago dominating the competition with 13 nods, including one for Catherine Zeta-Jones.