2021 Oscars presenters: Riz Ahmed and Viola Davis join 15 other stars for Sunday’s ceremony

Current Oscar nominees Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) and Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) are joining the roster of presenters for Sunday’s ceremony. The ABC event will air live at 8:00 ET; 5:00 PT with no host for the third straight year. Davis has won before for “Fences.” This is the first career nomination for Ahmed.

A part of Oscars tradition most years is that the acting champs from the previous cycle return to present at the Academy Awards the following ceremony. Renee Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix, Laura Dern and Brad Pitt were already confirmed as part of 15 stars for Sunday’s ceremony.

First-time Oscar producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh have also announced the 2020 directing, writing and producing winner Bong Joon Ho will also present along with prior acting champs Halle Berry, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno and Reese Witherspoon. Previous acting nominees on the show will include Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston and Harrison Ford. Emmy winner Zendaya makes her second appearance on the Academy Awards.

For the first time ever, performances for the five Best Original Song nominees will be part of the recorded in advance as part of the pre-show:

Celeste and Daniel Pemberton (“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7”)
H.E.R. (“Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah”)
Leslie Odom, Jr. (“Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami”)
Laura Pausini and Diane Warren (“Io Si: Seen” from “The Life Ahead”)
Molly Sanden (“Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest”)

The majority of the program will take place live from Union Station and the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Many nominees will appear in person and others will beam in remotely from London and other locations.

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