The roster of notables who will appear on Sunday’s Oscars is now up to 38, including all four of last year’s acting winners: leads Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”) and Brie Larson (“Room”) as well as supporting players Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) and Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”). Jimmy Kimmel hosts this 89th annual edition of the Academy Awards beginning at 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
Also on tap are seven other past Oscar winners for acting: Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men”), Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”), Faye Dunaway (“Network”), Shirley MacLaine (“Terms of Endearment”), Octavia Spencer (“The Help”), Meryl Streep (“Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Out of Africa,” “The Iron Lady”) and Charlize Theron (“Monster”).
In addition, Warren Beatty (who won Best Director for “Reds”) and Matt Damon (who shared Best Original Screenplay for “Good Will Hunting”) are slated to present.
Guaranteed to take to the Dolby Theater stage at least once in the evening are current contenders Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”), Dev Patel (“Lion”) and Emma Stone (“La La Land”). Stone is tipped to take Best Actress this year for her role in “La La Land,” which is expected to sweep the awards (save for Gosling).
Previous nominees in this lustrous line-up include Amy Adams, Salma Hayek, Taraji P. Henson, Samuel L. Jackson, Felicity Jones and Hailee Steinfeld.
Among the other presenters are Emmy winner Jennifer Aniston, Golden Globe champ Gael Garcia Bernal (“Mozart in the Jungle”),”Fifty Shade” costars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, Marvel superheroes Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, and Emmy winner Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”).
Also on the roster are Riz Ahmed, Jason Bateman, Sofia Boutella, Dwayne Johnson, Janelle Monáe, David Oyelowo and Vince Vaughn. And the academy confirmed that John Cho and Leslie Mann, who hosted the Sci-Tech Awards, will introduce that segment on the main ceremony.
Three of the Best Song nominees will be performed by their composers: Justin Timberlake will croon “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from the animated film “Trolls,” which he co-wrote with Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster.
Sting will sing “The Empty Chair” from the documentary “Jim: The James Foley Story.” This is his fourth nomination from the academy, and he shares this bid with co-writer J. Ralph, who is nominated for the third time.
Lin-Manuel Miranda (along with Auli’i Cravalho) will sing “How Far I’ll Go,” which he wrote for “Moana.” This is the first Oscar nomination for Miranda, who has won Emmys, Tonys and Grammys, so if he claims this prize he will become the youngest EGOT winner in history at age 37.
John Legend will handled the two “La La Land” tunes: “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “City of Stars,” which were sung in the film by Stone and Gosling, respectively. Legend won this award two years ago for co-writing “Glory” from “Selma” two years ago but isn’t nominated this time around. Both “La La Land” songs were written by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul..
Grammy and Tony nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles will perform during the “In Memoriam” segment. To address those concerns about those names who are missing from the tribute, the academy confirmed it will post an extended photo gallery of more than 200 late filmmakers, artists and executives on Oscar.com.
Be sure to make your Oscar predictions. Weigh in now with your picks so that Hollywood insiders can see how their films are faring in our Oscar odds. You can keep changing your predictions right up until just before winners are announced on February 26 at 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET. And join in the fierce debate over the Oscars taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our forums.