So does mean its back to the traditional last-years-winners-present-this-years-winners deal? The Academy has announced Sean Penn, Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz as Oscar presenters. It doesn’t say explicitly that they are presenting acting categories, but it looks likely. Cruz obviously can’t be part of a team presenting supporting actress as she’s nominated again this year… A few months back, HitFix suggested otherwise, but perhaps they’ve decided against it after all.
The press release, including an awkward first sentence that includes the explanation that all three “living performers” will be there.
CRUZ, PENN AND WINSLET RETURN FOR
82ND OSCAR® SHOW
Beverly Hills, CA — All three living performers who won Oscars® in the acting categories last year will return to present at the 82nd Academy Awards®, announced telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic. Penélope Cruz will join fellow winners Kate Winslet and Sean Penn as presenters on the March 7 Oscar telecast. (Heath Ledger won the Supporting Actor Oscar posthumously for his performance as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.”)
Last year, at the 81st Academy Awards, Cruz took home the Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” She was previously nominated for her leading role in “Volver,” and is nominated this year for her supporting performance in “Nine.”
Penn has been nominated five times for Actor in a Leading Role and twice took home an Oscar: in 2003 for “Mystic River” and last year for his performance as charismatic politician Harvey Milk in “Milk.” His other nominations came for “Dead Man Walking” (1995), “Sweet and Lowdown” (1999) and “I Am Sam” (2001).
Winslet has been nominated for six Academy Awards and took home an Oscar for her leading role in 2008’s “The Reader.” Previously, she received nominations for her leading roles in “Titanic” (1997), “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004) and “Little Children” (2006), and nods for her supporting roles in “Sense and Sensibility” (1995) and “Iris” (2001).
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.