Current Oscar nominees Ahmed Rice (“Sound of Metal”), Viola Davis (“Black background of Ma Rainey”) and Steven yeun (“Minari”) join the list of presenters for Sunday’s ceremony. The ABC event will be broadcast live at 8 am ET; 5 p.m. PT without a host for the third year in a row. Davis has already won for “Fences”. This is the first career appointment for Ahmed.
Part of the tradition of the Oscars most years is that the interim champions from the previous cycle return to perform at the Oscars the following ceremony. Renee Zellweger, Joaquin phoenix, Laura Dern and Brad pitt have already been confirmed as part of 15 stars for Sunday’s ceremony.
Producers for the first time at the Oscars Jesse collins, Stacey Sher and Steven soderbergh also announced the 2020 director, writing and production winner Bong Joon Ho will also present with the former interim champions Halle berry, Regina king, Marlee matlin, Rita Moreno and Reese witherspoon. The show’s former acting nominees will include Angela Bassett, Don cheadle, Bryan cranston and Harrison ford. Zendaya made his very first appearance at the Oscars.
For the first time ever, the performances of the five nominees for Best Original Song will be pre-recorded as part of the pre-show:
Celestial and Daniel Pemberton (“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7”)
HER (“Fight for Yourself” from “Judas and the Black Messiah”)
Leslie Odom, Jr. (“Speak now” of “One night in Miami”)
Laura Pausini and Diane warren (“Io Si: Vu” 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 Theater in Los Angeles. Many nominees will appear in person and more will be teleported remotely from London and other locations.