Academy Awards producer Gil Cates and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Sid Ganis announced the presenters and performers of this year’s February 24th telecast today… and they are a predictable mix of genuine stars, has-beens and rising-but-not-quite risen:
Included are all four of last year’s acting winners, Alan Arkin, Jennifer Hudson, Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker, as well as a long list of others including Amy Adams, Jessica Alba, Cate Blanchett, Josh Brolin, Steve Carell, George Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Miley Cyrus, Patrick Dempsey, Cameron Diaz, Colin Farrell, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Garner, Tom Hanks, Anne Hathaway, Katherine Heigl, Jonah Hill, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Kidman, James McAvoy, Queen Latifah, Seth Rogen, Martin Scorsese, Hilary Swank, John Travolta, Denzel Washington and Renee Zellweger.
Alright so… 2 Grey’s Anatomy stars (though I get it, they make movies now), Miley Cyrus (that 3-D thing was not a real movie), Jessica Alba (um… I know they always take a “rising” young starlet but why not chose someone who can act or is actually enjoyed by the general public?), the Rock???
Jonah Hill’s kinda fun and Im always up for looking at James McAvoy, but I hoped this isn’t the full list. Some ideas to fill it up? How about some actors you failed to recognize? Michael Cera, Paul Dano, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kelly MacDonald, Robert Downey Jr, Emile Hirsch… And give Nikki Blonsky the opportunity to get on that stage instead of the closet case Hairspray duo that Im sure will be presenting together.
And what about some actual legends (sorry, Harrison Ford) or world cinema representatives (Penelope Cruz can’t do it all)… Vanessa Redgrave? Meryl Streep? Jack Nicholson? Peter O’Toole? Sophia Loren? Catherine Deneuve?
Anamaria Marinca and Vlad Ivanov presenting a clip from Juno??? (I’d forgive them for everything if that somehow happened)
In better news, Amy Adams will perform the song “Happy Working Song” from Enchanted, showing grace despite her snub and doing what most actresses tend to throw to others in fear of looking like someone that can’t sing.. And in what will likely be my favourite moment of the show.. Glen & Marketa have confirmed their performance of “Falling Slowly”…
So not all is bad.
But seriously, I know they had short notice to organize this but c’mon, guys, its your 80th! Go nuts! Distinguish yourself as the definitive award show you say and think you are… Miley, Alba, The Rock.. those are Grammy presenters. You’re the Oscars!