The Academy Wants the Cast of ‘Avengers’ to Lead Awards Telecast

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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.

Are you more likely to watch the Oscars if the “Avengers” cast appears? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below!

The 91st Academy Awards air on ABC on Feb. 24, 2019.

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Written by Carlos Aguilar

Originally from Mexico City, Carlos Aguilar was chosen as one of 6 young film critics to partake in the first Roger Ebert Fellowship organized by, the Sundance Institute and Indiewire in 2014. Aguilar’s work has appeared in prestigious publications such as The Wrap, Indiewire, Vulture,, MovieMaker Magazine, Remezcla Filmmaker Magazine, Variety Latino, Slate, Bustle, Americas Quarterly, among others.

Besides his work in journalism, Aguilar regularly works as a screener for the Sundance Film Festival and a screenplay reader for Sundance’s Screenwriters Lab. Carlos Aguilar has also been on the jury at renowned festivals such the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Gasparilla International Film Festival, the Louisiana International Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Indian Film Festival.

Aguilar currently co-hosts, One Week Only, a weekly podcast highlighting independent and international cinema. He also regularly participates in panel discussions about the importance of people of color in film criticism and his experience as a DACA recipient working in the film industry.


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