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2019 Oscars: Awkwafina, Chris Evans, Charlize Theron, Daniel Craig, Tessa Thompson among first round of Oscars presenters

First 2019 Oscar presenters announced: Awkwafina, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, 
Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, 
Amandla Stenberg, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu

Awkwafina, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, 
Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, 
Amandla Stenberg, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu

               Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic to Perform
During the “In Memoriam” Segment

2019 Oscars producer Donna Gigliotti, and co-producer and director Glenn Weiss, today announced the first round of presenters for the Academy Awards.

“The Oscar nominees have generated tremendous worldwide attention through their captivating stories, achievements and performances,” said Gigliotti and Weiss. “We want to give the public an opportunity to once again experience the moments that have moved us all. It is a celebration of our universal love of movies.”

The 2019 Oscars have been beset with self-made issues and faux pas all season from the hiring of Kevin Hart as the Oscars host (he subsequently stepped down after homophobic tweets and jokes from his past resurfaced) to the ‘Popular Film’ Oscar idea floated last fall to the producers and Academy President John Bailey announcing that the show will be trimmed down to three hours and involve moving 6-9 categories to commercial breaks to be edited into the program later in the evening (we’ll know those winners ahead of that via the press room).

The producers will continue to announce talent joining the show in the coming weeks, and, as previously announced, the show will feature musical performances of the five Original Song nominees. Initially the producers had announced that only two songs would be performed, “Shallow” from A Star Is Born and “All the Stars” from Black Panther. As of today performers are set for all songs except “All the Stars.”

“From blockbuster hits to intimate tales of the human spirit, the movies we celebrate at the Oscars connect us in a way that is both moving and powerful,” said Karey Burke, President, ABC Entertainment. “Donna and Glenn will deliver a tribute worthy of the talent that will present and receive Oscar gold, and I’m so proud that ABC is home to this monumental night.”

“The Oscars is the most-watched live entertainment event of the year,” said Academy president John Bailey. “The show connects us with the power and history of the movies as it reconnects home audiences with their favorite films and stars.”

“This is an important moment in Oscar history,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “This year’s show maintains Oscar traditions, and is also evolving to reflect our global audience.”

The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST. 

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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