Last year, Oscarcast producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan booked 43 presenters, including five from “The Avengers” and four from their 2002 Best Picture champ “Chicago,” to handle all the intros and presentations of awards.
The lineup for Sunday’s Oscarcast numbers 46 bold-faced name with last year’s quartet of acting winners — leads Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence and featured players Anne Hathaway and Christoph Waltz — leading the way.
Another 10 Oscar winners are set to take to the stage of the Dolby Theater:
Robert De Niro
Fifteen past or current Oscar nominees will also appear, giving them a fleeting chance at holding an Academy Award:
Samuel L. Jackson
And another 15 famous faces who have yet to contend for Hollywood’s top honor:
Als on hand will be Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan, no doubt to introduce a clip from the Sci-Tech Awards ceremony over which they presided on Feb. 15.
Last year’s acting champs are all but certain to announce the winners of those categories this year, albeit for the opposite sex (i.e, Best Actress winner Lawrence will reveal the winner of Best Actor, etc.)
What will the other 40 famous folk be doing on the show? Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of this post.
Last year, a trio of stars — Liam Neeson and former Best Actress winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon — each intro’d a montage of clips from three of the nine Best Picture nominees. Will this timesaver be repeated?
Six of this year’s presenters appeared in four of the nine nominated films:
Amy Adams, “American Hustle,” “Her”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey and/or Jennifer Garner, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Robert DeNiro, “American Hustle”
If they handle those intros, who will present clips from the other five Best Picture contenders (“Captain Phillips,”,”Gravity,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”)?
The four Best Song nominees will be performed by their original artists:
Idina Menzel: “Let it Go” from “Frozen”
Karen O: “The Moon Song” from “Her”
Pharrell WIlliams: “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
U2: “Ordinary Love ” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Also slated to perform are Pink and two-time Oscar nominee Bette Midler.
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