Academy Awards winners from the 2016 ceremony are returning as presenters for the 2017 Oscars on February 26. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Mark Rylance, and Alicia Vikander continue a long tradition of the previous champs taking the stage to welcome a new group of acting winners at the Oscars. Each of the four took home their first trophies last year, with DiCaprio being the only one there as a prior nominee.
DiCaprio won as Best Actor for “The Revenant” on his sixth career nomination. His previous bids were for “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (1993), “The Aviator” (2004), “Blood Diamond” (2006), and “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013 – also as a producer for Best Picture).
Larson was the Best Actress winner for “Room.” Rylance took home the Best Supporting Actor trophy for “Bridge of Spies.” Vikander won as Best Supporting Actress for “The Danish Girl.”
First-time ceremony producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will be announcing many 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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