As the Oscar Awards draw close with each passing day, many have been wondering who will present awards at the televised event.
On February 4, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their first round of presenters.
Even though the 91st Oscar Awards will remain hostless, we can expect to see our fair share of celebrity presenters.
A-list celebrities are presenting
Early Monday morning, The Academy announced the names of the celebrities scheduled to present during the 91st Annual Oscar Awards set to air live on February 24.
The list includes, Daniel Craig, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg, Awkwafina, Chris Evens, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson and Constance Wu.
In a statement made by Oscar producer Donna Gigliotti and director Glenn Weiss on Monday, they revealed, “The Oscar nominees have generated tremendous worldwide attention through their captivating stories, achievements and performances. We want to give the public an opportunity to once again experience the moments that have moved us all. It is a celebration of our universal love of movies.”
The Academy is set to reveal more presenters in the upcoming weeks.
As for performers, The Academy has revealed that the following artists have signed on. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will perform “Shallow” from A Star
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings will perform “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. A “special surprise guest” will perform “The Place Where Lost Things” Go from Mary Poppins Returns.
ABC wants to cut down on time
With the Oscar Awards continuing on without a host this year, many did not know how The Academy would be able to pull off the event.
Kevin Hart stepping down as host with not enough time to find someone new. Many began to question how this year’s event will be different from the years before.
Without having a host and scheduling celebrities to present awards, The Academy hopes this will cut down running time of the event.
ABC president Karey Burke revealed the network’s decision to have a shorter televised event by stating, “The main goal, which I was told, was the Academy promised ABC last year after a very lengthy telecast to keep the show to three hours. The producers wisely decided to not have a host and to go back to having the presenters and movies be stars. That would be the best way to keep the show at three hours.”
Burke also stated, “From blockbuster hits to intimate tales of the human spirit, the movies we celebrate at the Oscars connect us in a way that is both moving and powerful. Donna and Glenn will deliver a tribute worthy of the talent that will present and receive Oscar gold, and I’m so proud that ABC is home to this monumental night.”
Not having a host gives more air time to A-list celebrities and have everyone’s main focus be on them, which will make this year’s Oscar Awards one