More Presenters Join Oscar Lineup

Tom Hanks, Colin Firth, Robin Williams, Samuel L. Jackson among new additions

Last Updated: March 5, 2010 @ 4:30 PM

 The Academy has added 14 more names to the list of Oscar presenters – but rather than issuing a press release announcing the new additions, they passed out a list to press on hand at the Kodak Theater, and then put the names on the Oscar website without fanfare.


Tom Hanks

The newly announced participants include Tom Hanks (left), who told David Letterman Thursday night that he’d be appearing on the Oscar show "presenting one of the office Oscar-pool killer categories," and Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, who producer Bill Mechanic months ago named as a co-presenter (with Quentin Tarantino) of the Foreign-Language Oscar.

Oscar vets Robin Williams, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Sigourney Weaver, Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore and Sarah Jessica Parker are  included as well.

Also: recent Sci-Tech Awards host Elizabeth Banks, Best Actor nominee Colin Firth, Rachel McAdams, Zoe Saldana and Amanda Seyfried.

That brings the total of announced presenters to 46, which is about normal for an Oscar show. Without jeopardizing any Oscar secrets, though, I will say this:

They have not announced all the presenters yet, and they won’t. Some names are being withheld, and they’re being withheld for a reason.

(Photo courtesy of AMPAS)