The Gold Knight: Oscars presenters include ‘Avengers’ cast, past winnersWritten by James A. Molnar | The Gold Knight | firstname.lastname@example.org
Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Nick Fury and Hawkeye are going to the Oscars.
The Avengers will assemble on Feb. 24 to present at the 85th Academy Awards, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Feb. 6.The cast of “Marvel’s The Avengers” who will present: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk).
Downey has two Oscar nominations under his belt: one for Best Actor for “Chaplin” (1992) and a Best Supporting Actor nom for “Tropic Thunder” (2008). Evans will be making his Oscar debut. Jackson was nominated for Supporting Actor for “Pulp Fiction” (1994). He is also in Best Picture nominee “Django Unchained.” Renner was nominated for Best Actor in the 2009 Best Picture winner, “The Hurt Locker,” and for Supporting Actor in “The Town” (2010). Ruffalo received his first nomination for Supporting Actor in 2010 Best Picture nominee “The Kids Are All Right.”
The Avengers join already announced presenters that include last year’s acting winners.
Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep will return to present at the 85th Academy Awards.
As is the tradition, the most four recent acting category winners will return to the Oscar stage and bestow the honor on four more actors. As is the custom, the Best Actor Oscar winner typically presents the Oscar to Best Actress and vice versa. The Supporting Actor presents to Supporting Actress.
Dujardin won the Oscar for Best Actor for “The Artist,” which went on to win Best Director and Best Picture for a total of five Oscars.
Plummer won the Supporting Actor Oscar for his heart-warming role in “Beginners,” where he plays a man battling cancer and coming out of the closet. Plummer was 82 at last year’s ceremony, making him the oldest actor to win an Academy Award. (It may be interesting to note that Eli Wallach is the oldest Acting Honorary Award winner, receiving the award at 94. Emmanuelle Riva, nominated for “Amour,” could steal the title from Plummer if she wins Best Actress on Feb. 24. She is turning 86 on Oscar Night.)
Streep was a somewhat surprising win for Best Actress, even though her role as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” was remarkable. She won over Viola Davis, nominated for “The Help.” In her acceptance speech, Streep addressed those who may think she shouldn’t have won.
“When they called my name I’d had this feeling I could hear half of America going, ‘Oh no … oh c’mon … why …her … again?’” Streep said. “But whatever.”
Spencer was the frontrunner for the Supporting Actress category — for her performance in “The Help.”
Mark Wahlberg and Ted, the animated bear from the movie “Ted,” have also been confirmed presenters.
The 85th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2012, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.
Toledo Free Press Star Lead Designer and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com. Watch him discuss movies on “WNWO Today” around 5:50 a.m. on Fridays. Also, listen to James discuss movies on “Eye on Your Weekend” on 1370 WSPD every Friday at 6 p.m.
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