Lady Gaga. Jennifer Hudson. Common and John Legend. Adam Levine. Rita Ora. Tegan & Sara. Tim McGraw.

This isn't the lineup for an upcoming pop concert, but rather for Sunday's Academy Awards.

"We want to entertain," said Neil Meron, producing his third consecutive Oscar ceremony with Craig Zadan. "And there's no better entertainment than to do it with music."

Host Neil Patrick Harris will open the show with a musical number, the producers said: an original song by the Oscar-winning writers behind "Let It Go." Called "Moving Pictures," the song will set a "subliminal theme" for the evening, Meron said.

"It really is celebratory about movies and yet it's kind of cheeky in a way," he said. "But yet it has a beautiful musical motif which … we integrate throughout the show as kind of a callback theme."

Added Zadan: "We didn't want to do a musical number that could have been on the Tonys, or anywhere else for that matter."

"It's a multimedia musical number," he said, "something that we've not done before."

Music is part of the production pair's professional DNA, though. The two produced the "The Sound of Music" and "Peter Pan" live TV specials, as well as the movie musicals "Hairspray" and "Chicago," which won the best picture Oscar in 2003.

George Polk Awards honor reporters

Reporters who uncovered systemic failure within the Secret Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and whose work led to reforms at both federal agencies, were among the winners of the George Polk Awards in Journalism for 2014. Rukmini Callimachi of the New York Times received the prize for international reporting for her account of how European nations secretly paid millions of dollars to ransom hostages held by ISIL, a business model perfected by Al-Qaida. Carol D. Leonnig of the Washington Post was recognized for national reporting for her articles showing that the Secret Service had provided false and incomplete accounts of its own security failures. Dennis Wagner of the Arizona Republic won for military reporting for his coverage of alleged misconduct within the Phoenix operations of the VA health care system. The awards commemorate George Polk, a CBS News correspondent killed in 1948 while covering the Greek civil war.

Engaged: Lady Gaga is no longer caught in a bad romance: She's engaged to actor Taylor Kinney. The pop star posted a photo to her Instagram account of a ring on her finger and wrote: "He gave me his heart on Valentine's Day, and I said YES!" Gaga and Kinney met on the set of her "You & I" video in 2011.

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