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February 01, 2020

Penélope Cruz and Keanu Reeves among Celebrities Added to the List of 2020 Oscar Presenters

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With the Academy Awards just around the corner, celebrities including Shia LeBeouf, Keanu Reeves, and Penélope Cruz are added to the list of awards show presenters for the ceremony in February.

On January 30, show producers announced the additional list of celebrities set to present at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards.

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Apart from Penélope, Keanu, and Shia, the list also includes James Corden, Beanie Feldstein, Diane Keaton, Zack Gottsagen, George MacKay, Maya Rudolph, funny man Steve Martin, and Sigourney Weaver.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed early in January that this year's ceremony would take place without a host.

Last year's Oscar winners, Mahershala Ali, Olivia Colman, Regina King, and Rami Malek, will present the acting categories this year.  

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“We love the tradition of having the previous year’s Oscar-winning actors on stage to celebrate the achievements of their peers and are thrilled to welcome back these four great talents,” show producers reportedly said in a statement.

Previously announced presenters for the 2020 Oscars include Will Ferrell, Mindy Kaling, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mark Ruffalo, Kelly Marie Tran, and Kristen Wiig.

The Oscar nominees were announced early in January, and the group of A-listers came together at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Monday for the annual Oscars Nominees Luncheon.

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Before kicking off the event, the Academy president David Rubin requested a moment of silence in tribute to the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who won Best Animated Short Film Oscar for "Dear Basketball" in 2018.

The Oscar nominations this year showed "Joker" as a clear front-runner with 11 nominations. Hot on the film's heels with ten nominations each, is Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman," "Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood," by Quentin Tarantino, and Sam Mendes' "1917."

"Jojo Rabbit," "Parasite," "Little Women," and "Marriage Story" picked up six nominations each, followed by "Ford v Ferrari" with four nods.

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The Academy also celebrates a first, as this year saw a record of 62 women nominated for awards this year, which will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 9, 2020, at 8 pm ET on ABC.

Despite the record female nominations this year, Tyler Perry expressed his disgust at the list of nominees for Best Actress with a string of expletives during an interview with TMZ in New York outside the NBC studios.

Jennifer Lopez and Awkwafina missed out on Oscar nomination in the category, and Tyler Perry found it unacceptable.

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The Golden Globes have always served as a reliable indicator for Oscar nominations, and it came as a surprise that Jennifer Lopez's role in "Hustlers" received a nod from them, but not from the Academy.

Awkwafina made history at the Golden Globes when she became the first female from Asian descent to win an award for her role in Lulu Wang's "The Farewell," and she didn't receive an Oscar nomination either.

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