Last year’s Best Actor winner Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) announced on Thursday that he will not return to the Academy Awards on March 4 to present the Best Actress category. It is an annual tradition in the past 25 years to have the previous four acting champs back at the Oscars to bestow the trophies to the new winners. Although not yet officially revealed, Emma Stone (“La La Land”), Viola Davis (“Fences”), and Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) will most likely be on stage again to open envelopes.
When a person has been unavailable to return in recent years, producers have chosen to go with a prior winner from the same category in many cases. Some examples: Michael Douglas replaced Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor (2009 ceremony); Alan Arkin replaced Heath Ledger for Best Supporting Actor (2009 ceremony); Kirk Douglas (an honorary Oscar winner for acting) replaced Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor (2010 ceremony), and Sean Connery replaced Jim Broadbent for Best Supporting Actor (2003 ceremony).
Let’s assume that the 90th Oscars producers and talent coordinators choose a past Best Actor winner to present Best Actress to either Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), and Meryl Streep (“The Post”). Vote in our poll below and tell us which of the following dozen men would be your top choice.
Jeff Bridges, Best Actor winner for “Crazy Heart” (2009).
Daniel Day-Lewis has won the lead category three times before (“My Left Foot,” 1989; “There Will Be Blood,” 2007; “Lincoln,” 2012). He is a current nominee for “Phantom Thread.”
Robert De Niro, Best Actor winner for “Raging Bull” (1980).
Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Actor winner for “The Revenant” (2015).
Michael Douglas, Best Actor winner for “Wall Street” (1987).
Jamie Foxx, Best Actor winner for “Ray” (2004).
Tom Hanks, Best Actor winner for “Philadelphia” (1993) and “Forrest Gump” (1994).
Matthew McConaughey, Best Actor winner for “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013).
Jack Nicholson, Best Actor winner for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “As Good as It Gets” (1997).
Al Pacino, Best Actor winner for “Scent of a Woman” (1992).
Denzel Washington is a current nominee for “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” and the person many assume was just edged out by Affleck a year ago. He won Best Actor for the 2001 film “Training Day.”
Forest Whitaker, Best Actor winner for “The Last King of Scotland” (2006).
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