Oscars welcoming back 19 past winners
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").