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Academy announces all star cast for 85th Oscars

Academy announces all star cast

Former Oscar winners Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are scheduled to be presenters at the 85th Academy Awards according to an announcement today from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

Each of the four are past Oscar winners in the Best Actress category. Berry won the award for her performance in "Monster's Ball" (2001), Bullock for "The Blind Side" (2009), Kidman for "The Hours" (2002) and Witherspoon for "Walk the Line" (2005).

First time Host Seth Mac Farlane will emcee The Academy Awards ceremony which will be held on Sunday, February 24 at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles. The Oscars will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network and will be televised around the world in more than 225 countries .

Berry, Kidman,Bullock and Witherspoon will join a group of famous and infamous Oscar presenters, including Mark Wahlberg, Ted and "Marvel's The Avengers" cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo.

Returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep, "Chicago" cast members Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones will also be on hand to present the gold statues.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron and performers Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand are schedule as special Oscar guests.

Though the Oscar telecast has lacked in overall sparkle in recent years, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron say that they plan to pick up the pace of the production and deliver a show that will keep things moving and engage the audience.

Both Zadan and Meron are producers of well respected and award-winning feature films, television movies, series, and Broadway productions. With their track records, an all star list of presenters and guests along with a crop of excellent nominees, perhaps the 2013 Oscars ceremony will shine once again.


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