And the Oscar Presenters Are… A Secret
In keeping with the revamped style this year, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced it will not reveal any celebrity presenters prior to the Feb. 22 ceremony.
The Oscars — and any award show worth its salt — traditionally roll out names of A-list attendees to generate interest. But new show producers, Bill Condon and Laurence Mark, hope to generate even more interest by doing the opposite.
"There will be fantastic movie stars that appeal to a whole range of movie lovers and fans of our show. We're just not going to tell you who they all are," spokeswoman Leslie Unger said.
Four of them are guessable though. Oscar custom (unless Condon and Mark are going to do away with it too) has the prior year's acting winners present the acting category of the opposite gender the next year (e.g. Best Actress would present Best Actor). Last year's thesp-champs were Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Javier Bardem and Tilda Swinton.
This is just the latest change for the 81st annual show. In addition to Condon and Mark, AMPAS has also tapped a new set director, a new musical director and, of course, a new and decidedly non-comedian host in Hugh Jackman.
The Oscars airs Feb. 22 at 8 pm/ET on ABC.
What do you think of AMPAS' "I'll never tell" plan? Does this pique your interest in the Oscars? Who do you think will show up? Who do you want to show up?