Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan have announced the addition of several new names to the list of presenters for the 85th Academy Awards telecast, each one either a past nominee or winner.
Ben Affleck, whose snub for Best Director has resulted in the Academy catching all sorts of Hell, doesn’t seem to be the type to hold grudges, as he’s taken his snub in stride. Affleck, who won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for 1997′s ‘Good Will Hunting’ (an honor he shared with co-writer Matt Damon), has agreed to appear on the live telecast this Sunday. While the snub is still fresh in the minds of both Affleck and his supporters, it probably helps that his film is the frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar since, as a producer on the film, he’ll receive a little gold guy regardless of the snub, should it win the big prize. No word on which award Affleck will be presenting, but I hope the Academy has better sense than to have him presenting Best Director.
In addition to Affleck, Melissa McCarthy has also been added to the considerable roster of star-power on hand this Sunday. McCarthy was a Best Supporting Actress nominee at last year’s ceremony for her role in ‘Bridesmaids’, and is currently raking in big bucks at the box office with her latest comedy, ‘Identity Thief’.
McCarthy joins two other names announced for the ceremony, previous nominees Liam Neeson and Salma Hayek. Neeson earned a nomination for Best Actor for his performance in 1993′s ‘Schindler’s List’, while Hayek earned a nod for Best Actress for her work in 2002′s ‘Frida’.
Via: Entertainment Weekly
Lastly, Meron and Zadan confirmed that John Travolta would also be on hand at the Academy Awards this Sunday as a presenter. Travolta is a previous Best Actor nominee for 1977′s ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and 1994′s ‘Pulp Fiction’.
The Oscars air live this Sunday on ABC.