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Bong Joon-ho, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon join Oscars starry presenting cast

The show's producers say they've assembled a stellar cast of stars in keeping with their awards-show-as-a-movie approach.

Bong Joon-ho, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon join Oscars starry presenting cast

This combination of photos shows, top row from left, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho and Don Cheadle, second row from left, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King and Marlee Matlin, and bottom row from left, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon and Renee Zellweger, who will serve as presenters at the 93rd Oscars. (AP Photo)

The Oscars are aiming to be more like a movie than a television show and enlisting A-list stars like Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Halle Berry and Reese Witherspoon to help hand out statuettes.

They’ll be joined by the likes of Don Cheadle, Renee Zellweger, Regina King, Joaquin Phoenix, Rita Moreno, Laura Dern, Zendaya, Angela Bassett, Bryan Cranston, Marlee Matlin and last year’s best director winner Bong Joon-ho, the show’s producers said on  Monday (Apr 12).

“In keeping with our awards-show-as-a-movie approach, we’ve assembled a truly stellar cast of stars,” said producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh in a statement. “There’s so much wattage here, sunglasses may be required.”

After delaying two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Oscars are forging ahead with an in-person show at Los Angeles’ Union Station. It’ll be a scaled back affair, with only presenters, nominees and their guest in attendance, but the producers are working to make it a must-see event amid critically low ratings for other awards shows during the pandemic. More talent will be announced in the coming weeks.

Mediacorp will air the 93rd Oscars live via meWATCH and Channel 5 on Apr 26 at 6.30am, starting with red carpet arrivals. The three-hour main show is at 8am.

(Source: AP/CNA)

Source: AP/sr