Two Academy Awards winners and a prior nominee are among the 10 latest presenters announced for the 2017 Oscars on February 26. Best Actress champs Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”) and Shirley MacLaine (“Terms of Endearment”) along with Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction”) headline a new group that also includes Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades Darker”), Chris Evans (“Captain America”), Gael Garcia Bernal (“Neruda”), Scarlett Johansson (“The Avengers”), Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades Darker”), Kate McKinnon (“Ghostbusters”), and Hailee Steinfeld (“The Edge of Seventeen”).
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Mark Rylance, and Alicia Vikander were previously announced to return to this year’s ceremony as the reigning acting champs. Each of the four took home their first trophies last year, with DiCaprio being the only one there as a prior nominee. John Cho (“Star Trek Beyond”) and Leslie Mann (“The Comedian”) will be hosting the academy’s Sci-Tech Awards and will introduce that segment on the main ceremony.
First-time ceremony producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will be announcing more presenters and performers throughout this month. Jimmy Kimmel hosts the ceremony for his home network ABC. If the five Best Original Song nominees are showcased on the live program, possible performers would be songwriters J. Ralph and Sting (“The Empty Chair”), Lin-Manuel Miranda (“How Far I’ll Go”), and Justin Timberlake (“Can’t Stop the Feeling”). No word yet on the two “La La Land” tunes “Audition” and “City of Stars” since the film’s nominated actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have indicated so far they would not want to sing on the show.
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