Mike Fleming

The Academy has added Tom Hanks to the roster of presenters at the 83rd Academy Awards, and I’m hearing that they are trying hard to land Oprah Winfrey to present the award for Best Documentary.  Docs are usually a low-key part of the Oscars, but Winfrey can help boost interest. Her upstart network, OWN, acquired the documentaries Becoming Chaz and Crime After Crime at Sundance, and she has started the Oprah Documentary Club for DVD distribution. If she could help elect Obama and turn books into bestsellers through her Oprah’s Book Club, Winfrey’s patronage could help an underrated category of movies get more love than usual. Below is the Academy announcement on Hanks.

Beverly Hills, CA – Two-time Academy Award®-winning actor Tom Hanks will present at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today.

Hanks, who is a governor of the Academy, won consecutive Oscars® in 1993 and 1994 for his leading performances in “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump.” He also has been nominated for his leading roles in “Big,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Cast Away.” Hanks recently lent his voice to the character Woody in the Best Picture nominee “Toy Story 3.” He will be seen next in “Larry Crowne,” on which he also served as director, co-writer and producer. His other film credits include “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “The Terminal,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Road to Perdition,” “Apollo 13” and “A League of Their Own.”

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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