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The best-picture prize typically ends the Oscar show, but this time, MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth will perform a closing number on the Dolby Theatre stage that producers Zadan and Meron called a “`can’t miss’ moment.”

Keeping the wraps on whatever surprises they have in store has been a chore for them and MacFarlane.

“It’s been difficult. The press, as you know, is very nosy and sneaky. They’re always sniffing around trying to get any advance notice,” MacFarlane said. “It’s like (expletive) Christmas. Wait till Christmas morning. Don’t spoil the surprise.”

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Online: http://www.oscars.org

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AP writers Sandy Cohen, Beth Harris and Anthony McCartney contributed to this report.