Academy Sets Ensemble Cast Of 15 Stars To Serve As Presenters

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The makers of this year’s very unusual 93rd Annual Academy Awards have promised to do the entire broadcast as if it were a film. In addition, they are “casting” (for the third straight year) a 15-star ensemble to handle all the duties presented, and also in exchange for a host.

However among the “cast”, the producers appear to be at least glued One Oscar tradition: to present four acting categories this year to all four acting winners of the previous year. In a special way How He will be appointed to the show which the Academy did not say, but you can assume that is why Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern are part of the proceedings.

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Phoenix, Zellweger and Dern were equally respected at the Golden Globes, although Pitt would make his first appearance on the awards circuit at the Oscars this year. Also last year’s Best Director winner, Bong Joon Ho, who made four trips to the stage Parasites, Probably also part of this ensemble to present the best director. Other names announced Monday – in alphabetical order – are Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Brian Cranston, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marley Matlin, Rita Moreno, Reese Withersoon and Zendaya.

“In keeping with our award-show-as-a-movie approach, we’ve assembled a truly true cast of stars,” said producers Jessie Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh. “There is too much wattage here, sunglasses may be required.”

The idea of ​​a group of presenters walking in and out of the show is not new. When producer Gover Champion remade the 1969 Oscar show, he coined the name “Friends of the Oscars”, with 10 stars being exclusively presenters (and no hosts). The format was successfully replicated again the following year, and has been changed occasionally over the decades – to the innovative 2009 show produced by Bill Condon and Lawrence Mark, using a combination of five previous winners each to present acting awards it was done.

Additional talents to appear on the April 25 live broadcast on ABC will be announced later. The words are all nominated songs that will be featured in the pre-show for the first time. we will see.

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