Sure, the 91st Oscars doesn’t have a host for the first time in 30 years, but at least the list of presenters is a venerable who’s-who of favorites.
Yes, everyone from Awkwafina and Constance Wu to Chis Evans and Brie Larson has signed on to present awards to the crème de la crème of Hollywood. Also joining the list of presenters are IRL James Bond Daniel Craig, The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg and The Hate You Give star Amandla Stenberg. Forever actress Maya Rudolph will also get in on the fun, as well as Tully star Charlize Theron and Creed 2’s Tessa Thompson.
But that’s not all. Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez will also doll out Oscar statuettes. This seems only fitting as this year’s show will also include musical performances from five original song nominees like Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper with “Shallow” from A Star Is Born and Jennifer Hudson with “I’ll Fight” from the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic, On the Basis of Sex. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings will also perform “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and special surprise guests will perform “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns. (Our bets are on Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.) It’s also expected that Kendrick Lamar and SZA will perform “All the Stars” from Black Panther, but it’s still TBD.
The Academy also announced that Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic will perform during the “In Memoriam” segment during the show.
Welp, it’s shaping up to be quite a departure from the Oscar norm. Tune in to watch on ABC on Sunday, February 24, at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST.