Actress Faye Dunaway has unexpectedly revealed a big secret for this year’s Oscars ceremony. At a recent Hollywood Reporter pre-Oscar event, Dunaway unveiled that she and her “Bonnie and Clyde” co-star Warren Beatty will be presenting the Best Picture category at the 2017 Academy Awards on February 26. That fact is confirmed in an article on Thursday by THR’s Scott Feinberg. The gangster film from 1967 is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
The movie was a big hit for the 1968 ceremony with 10 overall nominations. That included bids for Best Picture (Beatty), Best Director (Arthur Penn), Best Actor (Beatty), Best Actress (Dunaway), Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard), Best Original Screenplay (Robert Benton, David Newman), and Best Costume Design (Theadora Van Runkle). It won for Best Supporting Actress (Estelle Parsons) and Best Cinematography (Burnett Guffey).
While Dunaway lost that year to Katharine Hepburn (“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”), she would go on to another lead nomination for “Chinatown” (1974) and a victory for “Network” (1976). Beatty would lose Best Picture to “In the Heat of the Night” and his acting category to that film’s star Rod Steiger. He has 14 Oscar nominations in his career, winning for Best Director of “Reds” (1981).
The academy press team has not yet announced that Beatty and Dunaway will be on stage for the ceremony. Those that have been confirmed are Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Mark Rylance, and Alicia Vikander as the reigning acting champs returning to the show. Also announced are Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, Halle Berry, John Cho, Jamie Dornan, Chris Evans, Gael Garcia Bernal, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Johnson, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Mann, Kate McKinnon, Janelle Monae, David Oyelowo, Hailee Steinfeld, Emma Stone, and Charlize Theron. The live ceremony on ABC will be hosted for the first time by Jimmy Kimmel.
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