“In a world filled with award shows, what if an award show was actually a movie? Which stars would you cast?” asks the first promo for the 93rd Oscars, which continues to hype Hollywood’s big night as a cinematic experience in and of itself. As such, presenters at the 2021 Academy Awards are now the “cast.”
Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya make up the first batch of presenters. More stars will be announced soon.
Pitt will be making his first appearance on the awards circuit this year at the Oscars. 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.
“In keeping with our awards-show-as-a-movie approach, we’ve assembled a truly stellar cast of stars,” said producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh. “There’s so much wattage here, sunglasses may be required.”
Additional talent joining the April 25 live broadcast on ABC will be announced later. Word is all the nominated songs will be performed for the first time on the pre-show.
Watch the Oscars 2021 trailer
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