Oscars 2021: the presenters – film review


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We are now only a few hours away from the 93rd Oscars ceremony, which will take place very early tomorrow morning, Paris time, in Los Angeles. This is the end of a season of cinema crushed or almost under the leaden cover of the coronavirus pandemic, in the United States and elsewhere. If one wants to be optimistic, this festive evening can however also be the starting point towards a timid return to normality. The three producers commissioned by the Academy of American Cinema to orchestrate the awards ceremony at Union Station, Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh, have in any case done their best to make it so. Consequently, the stake will be almost as much the setting and the atmosphere of the evening as the names of the winners themselves.

While normally up to three thousand celebrities and other powerful men and women from the Hollywood microcosm crowd into the Dolby Theater, this time only the nominees, their guests and presenters have been invited. An intimacy dictated by the health crisis which is reflected in the same way on the side of the presenters. Even more than forty in recent years, they will not be more than eighteen very soon to open the legendary envelopes. The first victims of this tight frame are the rising stars of the American cinema community, usually invited to publicize their next film or to give the show an additional appeal to young viewers.

Another fairly major change is that the five named songs will no longer be sung during the ceremony, but will previously be sung on the once-dedicated red carpet show, also shrunken this year. To see and hear internationally acclaimed performers like Celeste, HER, Leslie Odom Jr. and Laura Pausini, European fans may be better off not even going to bed and getting downright sleepless no matter when the holidays come back to school. Easter from tomorrow …

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So without further ado, here is the list of presenters, announced by the producers only two weeks ago, under the pretext of making it the dream cast of a film as an award ceremony.


The lucky winners of last year

Bong Joon-ho (Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Parasite)

Laura Dern (Best Supporting Actress for Marriage story)

Joaquin Phoenix (Best Actor for Joker)

Brad Pitt (Best Supporting Actor for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Renée Zellweger (Best Actress for Judy)


The nominees of this year

Riz Ahmed (nominated as Best Actor in Sound of Metal)

Viola Davis (nominated for Best Actress in Ma Rainey’s Blues, Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Fences in 2017)

Steven Yeun (nominated for Best Actor in Minari)

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In the name of diversity …

Angela Bassett (nominated for Best Actress in 1994 in Tina)

Halle Berry (Oscar for Best Actress in 2002 for In the shadow of hate)

Don Cheadle (nominated for Best Actor in 2005 in Rwanda Hotel)

Regina King (Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2019 for If Beale Street could speak)

Marlee Matlin (Oscar for Best Actress in 1987 for Children of silence)

Rita Moreno (Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1962 for West Side Story)

Zendaya (passed more or less close to a nomination this year)


Two men and a woman

Bryan Cranston (nominated for Best Actor in 2016 in Dalton trumbo)

Harrison Ford (nominated for Best Actor in 1986 in Witness Witness under surveillance)

Reese Witherspoon (Oscar for Best Actress in 2006 for Walk the Line)

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Oscars 2021: the presenters – film review

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