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Faith Hill is confirmed to perform at this year's Academy Awards, where she'll sing "There You'll Be" from the "Pearl Harbor" soundtrack. The Diane Warren-penned track is nominated in the best original song category, where it will be up against Paul McCartney's title track to the Cameron Crowe film "Vanilla Sky"; Sting's "Until...," from the romantic comedy "Kate & Leopold"; Enya's "May It Be," from the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"; and Billboard Century Award honoree Randy Newman's "If I Didn't Have You" from the animated film "Monsters, Inc."
Composer John Williams will serve as music director for the event for the first time since 1975, and will be joined by conductor Mark Watters, with whom he recently worked at the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Williams, a 41-time Academy Award nominee, earned two nods this year for best original score for his work on Steven Spielberg sci-fi thriller "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" and on the big screen adaptation of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
The Academy Awards will be presented March 24 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., and broadcast live on ABC.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.