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Oscars: Presenters Will Include All Four of Last Year's Acting Winners

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Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern are among those joining the telecast's "ensemble cast."

For the third year in a row, it appears, the Oscars will not have a traditional host or hosts. Instead, there will be an "ensemble cast" of presenters, according to the producers of the April 25 ceremony.

"In keeping with our awards-show-as-a-movie approach, we've assembled a truly stellar cast of stars," Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh said in a statement. "There's so much wattage here, sunglasses may be required."

Among those slated to be part of the multi-venue ceremony will be last year's winners of all four acting Oscars, Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern, as well as best picture, director and original screenplay winner Bong Joon Ho.

Also participating: Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Reese Witherspoon and Zendaya.

Additional presenters are expected to be announced in the coming days.

This framing of presenters-as-hosts harkens back to the Oscars ceremony of 50 years ago, when the Academy enlisted 34 "Friends of Oscar" to steer the show, and of the year before that, when 17 "Friends of Oscar" did the honors.
 

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