Oscars to feature bevy of A-list presenters

Brad Pitt, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," attends the Governors Ball at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on February 9, 2020. (Photo: NYTimes)
Film lovers tired of tedious Zoom-based Hollywood awards shows can rejoice — producers of the glitzy in-person Oscars this month are bringing in the big guns, with Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, and Reese Witherspoon among the lineup unveiled Monday.اضافة اعلان

The April 25 ceremony, to be primarily held at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, comes as California accelerates its reopening after a year of Covid-19 closures, buoyed by a vast vaccination rollout, and will follow a glamorous “awards-show-as-a-movie” theme, the Academy said.

In a statement announcing the Oscars’ “truly stellar cast of stars”, the producers warned: “There’s so much wattage here, sunglasses may be required.”

Along with Ford and Witherspoon, presenters will include last year’s big acting winners Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Pitt, and Laura Dern — along with South Korea’s Bong Joon-ho, who won best director and best picture with “Parasite.”

Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, and Bryan Cranston will also appear, among others, marking the first time Tinseltown’s biggest names will gather on the red carpet since Covid-19’s arrival prompted the nation’s first statewide stay-at-home order in March 2020.