Monday, May 20, 2024

Oscars Broadcast Adds Presenters: Legend Eva Marie Saint, “Hamilton” Star Lin-Manuel Miranda, and “Star Wars” Stars Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran


These Oscars are going to have the most balanced look every in Academy history.

This morning the Academy added 10 more presenters to the March 4th show, and only two of them– Mark Hamill of “Star Wars” and Armie Hammer of “Call Me By Your Name” — are what we’d call regular white guys.

The balance of the presenters is pretty diverse, and thank goodness. They include a legend first of all– Eva Marie Saint, Oscar winner, 90 years old, and still as elegant and outstanding as ever.

Then they’ve got Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Wes Studi, Gina Rodriguez, Gal Gadot, Kelly Marie Tran (from “The Last Jedi”), and the king of all things– like “Hamilton”– Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Add that to the list announced from last week including “Black Panther” star, Chadwick Boseman and “Girls Trip” breakout Tiffany Haddish. This is a show I’d watch even if I didn’t have to!

Jimmy Kimmel hosts on March 4th on ABC.

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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