This Sunday, the 90th Academy Awards are set to break Oscars tradition in a major way: by having each of the two top acting prizes presented by a pair of actresses, instead of asking last year’s winners to present the statuette for the opposite gender’s category.
According to a new report from Variety, Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster are set to announce the Best Actress winner (predicted to be Frances McDormand for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), while Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren have been asked to present the Best Actor trophy (Gary Oldman is considered the frontrunner after playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour).
While last year’s Best Actor would traditionally present this year’s Best Actress with her award, 2017’s winner Casey Affleck revealed that he had withdrawn from the ceremony in January. His victory, for his role in Manchester by the Sea, was contentious due to allegations of sexual harassment on the set of his 2010 film I’m Still Here (which he settled out of court), and the actor reportedly did not wish his presence at this year’s Oscars to become a distraction from the nominees.
At the time, a spokesperson for the Academy told Entertainment Weekly that they ‘appreciate the decision to keep the focus on the show and on the great work of this year.’
This year, the Academy has endeavoured to recruit a more diverse and representative range of actors and filmmakers as presenters: indeed, as Vanity Fair points out, around 60 percent of this year’s 29 presenters are female, while 51 percent are people of colour. Among the other presenters announced are Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o, Star Wars’ Kelly Marie Tran and Oscar Isaac, Girls Trip’s Tiffany Haddish, A Fantastic Woman’s Danielle Vega and Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot.
It has also been confirmed that Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway will get a second shot at presenting the Best Picture award, apparently undeterred after last year’s ‘envelope-gate’ debacle saw La La Land wrongly announced as the winner (before it was revealed that Moonlight had in fact claimed the prize).
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