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Simon Added To Oscar Performance Slate

Paul Simon will perform his nominated song "Father and Daughter" during Sunday's (March 23) 75th annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The tune is among those nominated for the best song Osca

Paul Simon will perform his nominated song "Father and Daughter" during Sunday's (March 23) 75th annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The tune is among those nominated for the best song Oscar, along with tracks by U2, Eminem, Elliot Goldenthal and Julie Taymor, and John Kander and Fred Ebb.

As previously reported, U2 will also perform its nominated song, "The Hands That Built America" (from "Gangs of New York"). Eminem's label, Interscope, has confirmed that the rapper has no intention of performing "Lose Yourself," his nominated work from "8 Mile," in which he also starred.

With the threat of war looming, there is a real possibility that the Academy Awards ceremony may not be broadcast due to ABC's need to cover a conflict in Iraq. "We are continuing our efforts to bring the show together on Sunday," Oscars producer Gil Cates said in a statement. "But we do understand that ABC may adjust to war coverage if it is required and that ABC news will cover news as it happens. Any such decisions in regard to broadcasting the show will be made later in the week, and will be made jointly by the Academy [of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences] and ABC."

The ceremony is scheduled to air at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT on ABC, with a half-hour of advance coverage slated prior to the show. "Keeping in mind the world situation, the Academy has elected to prepare a more sober pre-show and a scaled-back arrivals sequence," Cates added.

"The Academy is mindful that many of its celebrity guests would feel uncomfortable arriving at this year's awards at the beginning of a major war to face a business-as-usual phalanx of interviewers and photographers," he explained. "The Academy's decision is meant to address the concerns of these celebrities, and to reflect the circumstances under which we are now producing this show."