Saturday, May 18, 2024

Oscars: Robin Roberts Will Co-Host Pre-Show, Plus More Stars Added


This is really great news: Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America” will co-host ABC’s Oscar preshow on February 24th. Roberts has been recuperating from a bone marrow transplant. But she’s returning to “GMA” shortly. And now the Oscars have announced, and she has on Twitter, that Roberts will play some role on the show before the Academy Awards. Roberts says on Twitter that she can’t wait to co-host with Lara Spencer, Entertainment Weekly’s Jess Cagle, and actress Kristen Chenoweth. She will be a very welcome presence.

Meantime, Best Actress nominees Jennifer Lawrence (who I still think will and should win for “Silver Linings”) and the phenomenal Jessica Chastain have been added to the show as presenters. Also added: Ben Affleck, whose film, “Argo,” is nominated for Best Picture.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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