The Academy provided another reason for President Donald Trump to tune out of this Sunday’s Oscars: The organization on Friday named Meryl Streep, whom the president last month called “overrated” after her pointed acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, as a presenter.
A three-time Oscar winner and nominee this year for “Florence Foster Jenkins” will be joined by Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Warren Beatty, Sofia Boutella, Matt Damon, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Gosling, Salma Hayek, Taraji P. Henson, Dev Patel, Seth Rogen, Octavia Spencer and Vince Vaughn.
Jimmy Kimmel will host the ceremony, which airs live Sunday, Feb. 26, on ABC.
Streep has become an outspoken critic of the new administration, first in her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. Demille Award at last month’s Golden Globes — which prompted a presidential diss on Twitter.
Earlier this month, the actress took more shots at the commander-in-chief while accepting the National Ally for Equality Award from the gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign, saying she’ll continue to stand up to his army of “brownshirts and bots.”
At Wednesday’s White House press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that Trump will not be watching the Oscars because he’s hosting the Governors Ball that night.
Spicer added that he doesn’t know why actors have suddenly taken to criticizing the president while accepting awards this season. “I have no idea. It’s a free country,” he said. “I think Hollywood is known for being rather far to the left in its opinions.”