Oscars 2018: Which 20 previous winners should present to this year’s 20 acting nominees?

One of the highlights of the 2009 Academy Awards ceremony was the surprise addition of 20 Oscar winners presenting to that year’s acting nominees. It started with five Best Supporting Actress champs (Whoopi Goldberg, Goldie Hawn, Anjelica Huston, Eva Marie Saint, Tilda Swinton) who gave out the award to Penelope Cruz, welcoming her to their club. While all of those presenting that evening had indeed won the category before, each one often had no connection at all to the person they were introducing.

The following year new producers followed a similar format of five people presenting to a new crop of five for the lead categories only. While all of them had working relationships with the nominees (like Michelle Pfeiffer for Jeff Bridges and Stanley Tucci for Meryl Streep), most of them were not Oscar winners.

Let’s take a combination of both formats and help this year’s Oscar producers with a fun idea. We’ve got 20 previous Oscar winners for the same category presenting to nominees that have been their co-stars. If this concept gets implemented, it could be four of the top moments of the 2018 Oscars ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on March 4.


Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”) — presented by Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” 2013); they both starred in “Blue Jasmine” together.

Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) — presented by Charlize Theron (“Monster,” 2003); they both starred in “North Country” together.

Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) — presented by Emma Stone (“La La Land,” 2016); no natural connection, but Stone has to present to someone and they’re both “A” level stars in their twenties.

Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”) — presented by Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking,” 1995); they both starred in “The Lovely Bones” together.

Meryl Streep (“The Post”) — presented by Diane Keaton (“Annie Hall,” 1977); they both starred in “Marvin’s Room” together.


Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”) — presented by Adrien Brody (“The Pianist,” 2002); not co-stars, but Brody currently holds the record as youngest winner of this category at age 29, which Chalamet could shatter at age 22.

Daniel Day Lewis (“Phantom Thread”) — presented by Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant,” 2015); they both starred in “Gangs of New York” together.

Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) — presented by Robert Duvall (“Tender Mercies,” 1983); they star in the upcoming “Widows” together.

Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) — presented by Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech,” 2010); they both starred in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” together.

Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”) — presented by Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” 1993; “Forrest Gump,” 1994); they both starred in “Philadelphia” together.


Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”) — presented by Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls,” 2006); they both starred in “Black Nativity” together.

Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) — presented by Renee Zellweger (“Cold Mountain,” 2003); they both starred in “Nurse Betty” together.

Lesley Manville (“Phantom Thread”) — presented by Angelina Jolie (“Girl, Interrupted,” 1999); they both starred in “Maleficent” together.

Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”) — presented by Estelle Parsons (“Bonnie and Clyde,” 1967); they both starred in the TV series “Roseanne” together.

Octavia Spencer (“The Shape of Water”) — presented by Viola Davis (“Fences,” 2016); they both starred in The Help” together.


Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) — presented by J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash,” 2014); they both starred in the “Spider-Man” films.

Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) — presented by Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight,” 2016); they both starred in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.”

Richard Jenkins (“The Shape of Water”) — presented by Kevin Kline (“A Fish Called Wanda,” 1988); they both starred in “The Company You Keep” together.

Christopher Plummer (“All the Money in the World”) — presented by Michael Caine (“Hannah and Her Sisters,” 1986; “The Cider House Rules,” 1999); they both starred in “The Man Who Would Be King.”

Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) — presented by George Clooney (“Syriana,” 2005); they both starred in “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” together.

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