Oscars: Latifah, Zeta-Jones In; Smith Out

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah have joined the performance lineup for the 75th annual Academy Awards. At the same time, rapper-turned-actor Will Smith has decided not to present an award becau

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah have joined the performance lineup for the 75th annual Academy Awards. At the same time, rapper-turned-actor Will Smith has decided not to present an award because of the start of a U.S.-led war against Iraq.

Latifah and Zeta-Jones, who is in her eighth month of pregnancy with her second child by husband Michael Douglas, will perform the nominated song "I Move On," from the musical "Chicago." The Fred Ebb/John Kander composition, performed in the film by Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger, is up for the best song Oscar against entries by U2, Eminem, Paul Simon, and Elliot Goldenthal and Julie Taymor. As previously reported, Simon and U2 will both be on hand to perform, while Eminem will not.

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Smith has pulled out of the affair because of the launch of the war. "He felt uncomfortable in attending and respectfully asked to be excused," his publicist said. "There's no agenda, there's no speeches. He just felt uncomfortable in attending."

The ceremony is scheduled to air at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT on ABC.