In the aftermath of Kevin Hart’s short-lived stint as a host for the 91st Academy Awards, the embattled organization seems to desperately be looking for a solution that would secure the ratings they so eagerly desire.
To that effect, THR reports today that sources close to the Academy believe they are looking for a star-studded cast of presenters to make the ceremony more appealing for the viewers they think they are not reaching.
According to the trade, organizers may be after the actors in Marvel’s biggest franchise to lead the February 24 affair. It appears that the Academy is reaching out to the “Avengers” cast as potential saviors. The more they can get the better, and with the universe constantly expanding with every film, there are plenty of stars to choose from.
Back in 2013, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, and Jeremy Renner appeared at the 85th Academy Awards to present the award for Best Cinematography (which went to Chilean DP Claudio Miranda for “Life of Pi”). The group’s chemistry was palpable during the comedy bit preceding the presentation of the award. Watch HERE.
To secure their participation in the telecast being produced by Donna Gigliotti and co-produced and directed by Glenn Weiss, sources also claim the Academy asked the Marvel stars not to present at the Golden Globes so that their presence at the Oscars would have more of an impact.
The feat of assembling the pack of heroes and villains, however, shouldn’t be most difficult. Disney is ABC’s and Marvel’s parent company, and cross-promotion ahead of the April 26 release of “Avengers: Endgame” is something the entertainment giant is unlikely to pass on.