Joe Biden is heading to the Academy Awards and will be hitting the stage very hard with famous singer, one and only Lady Gaga.
The U.S. Vice President, Joe Bidden will introduce Lady Gaga according to White House officials before she performs her Oscar-nominated song ‘Til It Happens to You’ from the college-campus rape documentary The Hunting Ground.
Vice President Biden will also use the opportunity to speak about the White House’s “It’s On Us” campaign, which was launched in September 2014 to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses.
This is not the first time the White House has played a role in the Academy Awards ceremony, with Michelle Obama presenting the Best Picture Oscar to Argo in 2013, though she did that via satellite from Washington DC.
Vice President Biden will actually be in Los Angeles however for the ceremony, and will attend with his wife Dr. Jill Biden.
The Oscars have come under fire this year for a lack of diversity, a topic which President Obama commented on last month, saying; ‘I think when everybody’s story is told, then that makes for better art.’
The group has no problem awarding those who have been convicted of sexual assault however, having given the Best Director Oscar to Roman Polanski in 2003 for The Pianist.
Polanski was not allowed to attend the ceremony as he is a fugitive from the United States after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor following a 1977 incident.
The director admitted to having sex with a 13-year-old girl and served 42 days in prison, but after his release a judge rejected his plea deal and he fled to Paris where he continues to live before he could be sentenced to more time behind bars.
There have been attempts to extradite him since that time but they have all failed.
He continues to direct overseas and his rape of a 13-year-old girl did not put off Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly from working with him on the 2011 film Carnage.
That film also starred Kate Winslet, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Sunday’s ceremony.
Cate Blanchett, another nominee this year for her performance in Carol, revealed recently that she named her son after Polanski.