Saturday, April 13, 2024

Oscars First Round of Presenters Include Al Pacino, Zendaya, Michelle Pfeiffer, Last Year’s Winners


The Academy Awards show is coming on March 10th on ABC, at 7pm. Yes, 7pm.

The show has to combat a bit of “Oppeneheimer” weariness plus the fact that between the Critics Choice, SAG and even the Golden Globes the audience knows who’s going to win.

Still, the first round of presenters is cool because it includes Mahershala Ali, Nicolas Cage, Jamie Lee Curtis, Brendan Fraser, Jessica Lange, Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong’o, Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ke Huy Quan, Sam Rockwell, Michelle Yeoh and Zendaya.

Yeoh, Curtis, Fraser, and Quan are last year’s winners, so they were expected. Pacino should be giving out Best Picture. I hope they bring on more icons. That’s the lesson we learned from the Grammys.

The Zendaya part of this is smart. Bring her on with Timothee Chalamet. By that time, “Dune” will have been number 1 for 10 days!

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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