Oscars welcoming back 19 past winners

By Gold Derby News Desk
By Gold Derby News Desk
Feb 22 2013 08:09 am
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This year's Oscarcast may just well live up to the MGM motto of yesteryear, boasting more stars than there are in heaven. (See the full line-up here.)

As has become the custom, all four of last year's acting winners -- Jean Dujardin ("The Artist"), Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady"), Christopher Plummer ("Beginners") and Octavia Spencer ("The Help") -- will be on hand. 

On Friday, the academy announced one of Oscar's favorite leading men -- Jack Nicholson -- will make his first appearance on the kudocast in five years.   

Also added to the line-up Friday was two-time Best Actor winner Dustin Hoffman ("Kramer vs. Kramer," "Rain Man"). Hoffman presented Best Picture alone in 1986 to "Platoon" and with "Meet the Fockers" co-star Barbra Streisand in 2004 to "Million Dollar Baby".

Streisand, who handled that honor solo in 1990 for "Dances With Wolves," is a two-time Oscar winner for acting ("Funny Girl") and composing ("Evergreen"). She is slated to sing on the show for only the second time ever. 

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On Thursday, the academy revelaed that two-time Best Actress winner Jane Fonda ("Klute," "Coming Home") will be presenting (she says Best Director) with her "China Syndrome" co-star Michael Douglas, who has Oscars of his own for producing ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest") and acting ("Wall Street"). And Douglas' wife, 2002 Supporting Actress winner Catherine Zeta-Jones ("Chicago") will belt out a number from that Best Picture winner.  

Among the other Oscar champs tapped to take part: Best Actress winners Halle Berry ("Monster's Ball), Sandra Bullock ("The Blind Side"), Nicole Kidman ("The Hours"), Charlize Theron ("Monster") and Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line"); Best Actor champ Jamie Foxx ("Ray"); Best Supporting Actress winners Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls") and Renee Zellweger ("Cold Mountain"); and Original Screenplay champ Ben Affleck ("Good Will Hunting"). 

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