Oscars presenters announced
The Academy Awards has unveiled a distinctly diverse slate of presenters and performers for the Feb. 28 Oscars, including Kevin Hart, Benicio Del Toro and Whoopi Goldberg.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Thursday announced the names of 11 people taking part in the show. The makeup of presenters this year has been keenly watched after a handful of black entertainers vowed they wouldn’t attend the ceremony, including Will Smith and Spike Lee.
Other presenters are: Ryan Gosling, Tina Fey, Charlize Theron, Pharrell Williams and Jacob Tremblay, the young Room star.
Also announced were three performers: Lady Gaga, the Weeknd and Sam Smith. All are among the best song nominees.
DiCaprio meets with pope
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio brushed up his Italian to greet Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, discussed their shared concern over the environment and gave the pontiff a check for his charitable works.
“Your Holiness, thank you for granting me this private audience with you,” DiCaprio said in Italian as he arrived in the Apostolic Palace and kissed the pope’s ring.
Francis gave DiCaprio a leather-bound copy of Laudato Si and his earlier document, The Joy of the Gospel.
DiCaprio was accompanied by his father, George DiCaprio, and Milutin Gatsby, global fundraising chair for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
Rihanna album free for a day
Rihanna released her much-anticipated new album, ANTI, for free for 24 hours on her website. A limited number of downloads were available for free on the pop star’s website Thursday. The album was also available on the Tidal streaming service, which Rihanna co-owns with Jay Z and others.
ANTI will be available for purchase digitally on Friday. It is being streamed exclusively on Tidal for a week.