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OSCAR SPOILERS: He’ll Present First Oscar

Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned 2-time Oscar winner and Academy favorite Tom Hanks will be the first presenter and name winners in both the Art Direction and Cinematography categories right off the bat. Best Picture frontrunner The King’s Speech is up for both, so the world will quickly get an idea whether that Best Picture nominee is able to mount a sweep right in the first few minutes of Sunday’s Oscar show. Two other Best Picture pics are also nominated in both categories, True Grit and Inception, with the Christopher Nolan written and directed movie having taken awards at both the Art Directors and Cinematographer Guild awards earlier this month. The King’s Speech also won at Art Directors. The show’s theme exploring the past, present and future of movies will start right here and then wend its way throughout the evening. The producers wanted to have a big star kick it off and set the tone.

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Hilary Swank, Josh Brolin Set As Oscar Presenters

They’ve been added to this Sunday’s Academy Awards. Swank has won two Best Actress Oscars, in 1999 for Boys Don’t Cry and in 2004 for Million Dollar Baby. She is currently producing Something Borrowed and will next be co-starring in New Year’s Eve. Brolin received an Oscar nomination in 2008 for his supporting performance in Milk. He’s currently co-starring in Best Picture nominee True Grit.

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Cate Blanchett Added As Oscar Presenter

Mike Fleming

Beverly Hills, CA – Academy Award®-winning actress Cate Blanchett will be a presenter at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today.

Blanchett is a five-time Academy Award nominee, who took home the Supporting Actress Oscar® in 2004 for her performance as Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator.” She also received supporting actress nominations for “Notes on a Scandal” and “I’m Not There” in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Blanchett received lead actress nominations for her performances as Queen Elizabeth I in “Elizabeth” (1998) and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007).

Her other film credits include “Robin Hood,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Good German,” “Babel,” “Veronica Guerin,” “Charlotte Gray,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. She will next be seen in “Hanna,” due out in April.

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Reese Witherspoon Added As Oscar Presenter

Mike Fleming

Beverly Hills, CA – Academy Award®-winning actress Reese Witherspoon will be a presenter at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today.

In 2005 Witherspoon received her first Oscar® nomination and took home the award for her leading performance as June Carter in “Walk the Line.” She’ll be seen next in “Water for Elephants” and “This Means War.” Her other film credits include “Monsters vs Aliens,” “Four Christmases,” “Penelope,” “Rendition,” “Sweet Home Alabama” and the “Legally Blonde” films.

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Oscar Nominee Nicole Kidman Joins Presenter List

Mike Fleming

Beverly Hills, CA – Academy Award®-winning actress Nicole Kidman will be a presenter for the 83rd Academy Awards®, telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today.

Kidman is nominated this year for her lead performance in “Rabbit Hole.” She took home the Best Actress Oscar in 2002 for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in “The Hours.” Kidman also received a nomination in 2001 for her lead performance in “Moulin Rouge.” Her other film credits include “The Golden Compass,” “Cold Mountain,” “Dogville,” “The Others,” “The Portrait of a Lady,” “To Die For” and “Dead Calm.”

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Oscar Adds Tom Hanks, Will Oprah Winfrey Bestow Documentary Prize?

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

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Oscars Add Best Actress Candidate Annette Bening As Presenter

Mike Fleming

Beverly Hills, CA – Academy Award®-nominated actress Annette Bening will be a presenter at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today.

Bening, who is an Academy governor, recently received her fourth Oscar® nomination, for her leading role in “The Kids Are All Right.” She received her first nomination for her supporting role in “The Grifters” (1990) and received nominations for her leading roles in “American Beauty” (1999) and “Being Julia” (2004). Her other film credits include “The Women,” “Open Range,” “In Dreams,” “Richard III” and “Regarding Henry.”

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ABC In Oscar Mode With James Franco, Anne Hathaway And ‘Modern Family’

Mike Fleming

ABC is already having some fun with the upcoming Academy Awards, courtesy of the Oscarcast hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway, as well as the stars of the network’s breakout comedy Modern Family (also used last year). Which is funnier?

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OSCAR: First Award Presenters Announced

Beverly Hills, CA — Past winners and/or nominees Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Marisa Tomei and Oprah Winfrey will present on the 83rd Academy Awards, telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on February 27.

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