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Here’s Who Will Be Introducing Best Picture Nominees at the Oscars

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In the never-ending quest for more viewers, the Academy Awards have taken occasionally bizarre steps. Considering how poorly received most of them have been, chief among them the Best Popular Film debacle, this latest idea is positively quaint. Hoping to drum up extra audience members and to make this an even bigger event, the powers that be are calling in some celebrity reinforcements.

According to Deadline, earlier today producer Donna Gigliotti and producer-director Glenn Weiss announced who will be introducing the eight Best Picture nominees at the 91st Oscars. Instead of talent from the individual films, it’s going to be A-list celebrities and cultural icons. It’s a definite change in direction for the show, but one that actually may pay dividends.

In part, this is what Gigliotti and Weiss said:

“Movies connect us all. They move us, and they create moments and memories that unite us. We are thrilled to assemble this well-known array of film lovers to introduce and share their reflections on the Best Picture-nominated movies.”

So who are these film lovers? Well, José Andrés, Dana Carvey, Queen Latifah, John Lewis, Diego Luna, Tom Morello, Mike Myers, Trevor Noah, Amandla Stenberg, Barbra Streisand, and Serena Williams are the crop selected. In some cases, it seems rather obvious which movie they’ll be doing the intro for. Others should come as an interesting surprise. They’ll join the previously announced presenters, as well as Bette Midler, who will be performing “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” when the Best Original Song nominees are cited.

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We’ll see on Sunday how these individuals mesh with the Oscar telecast. With no host, producers are clearly attempting to cast a wide net for presenters. The question is, will it pay off with ratings?

What do you think of this decision by the Academy? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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Joey Magidson

Curious to see who will introduce what…

Joey Magidson

Curious to see who will introduce what…

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