The producers of this year̵
Among the “cast”, however, the producers seem to hold on at least one Oscar tradition: to get all four actor winners from the previous year back to present the four acting categories this year. Specifically how they will be hired on the show, which the academy did not say, but you can assume that is why Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern are part of the procedure.
Here’s what you need to know about the evolving Oscarcast
Phoenix, Zellweger and Dern did the honors in the same way at the Golden Globes, though Pitt will make his first appearance at the awards ceremony this year at the Oscars. Also last year’s best director winner, Bong Joon Ho, who made four trips to the stage for Parasite, is also part of this ensemble, presumably to present best director. Other names announced Monday – in alphabetical order – are Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Reese Witherspoon and Zendaya.
“In line with our award-winning-as-a-movie approach, we’ve put together a truly stellar cast,” said producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh. “There are so many watts here, sunglasses may be needed.”
This idea of getting a group of presenters to rotate in and out of the show is not new. When producer Gower Champion resumed the Oscar show in 1969, he created what they called “Friends of Oscar,” in which 10 stars were exclusively presenters (and no host). The format was then successfully repeated the following year and has been adjusted occasionally over the decades – including for the innovative 2009 show produced by Bill Condon and Laurence Mark, which used combinations of five previous winners each to hand out the winning prizes.
Additional talent participating in the April 25 live broadcast on ABC will be announced later. The word is that all the nominated songs will be performed for the first time on the pre-show. We will see.