Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer, and Christopher Plummer, the 2012 Academy Award winners in the acting categories, will be presenters on the 2013 Oscar show, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced. Streep, Dujardin, Spencer, and Plummer are not in the running this year. (Image: Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin backstage at the Oscar 2012 ceremony.)
With 17 Academy Award nominations spanning more than three decades, Meryl Streep is the record-setter in the acting categories. Streep has won three Oscars: Best Supporting Actress for Robert Benton's Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), in which she plays Dustin Hoffman's ex-wife fighting for custody of their child (Justin Henry); Best Actress for Alan J. Pakula's Sophie's Choice (1982), as an emotionally unstable Nazi concentration camp survivor befriended by Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol; and once again Best Actress for Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady (2011), as British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
Among Meryl Streep's Oscar nominations are those for Sydney Pollack's Out of Africa, Hector Babenco's Ironweed, Clint Eastwood's The Bridges of Madison County (1995), and David Frankel's The Devil Wears Prada (2006).
First-time nominee Jean Dujardin, the first Frenchman to win an Academy Award and the first male winner since Emil Jannings (The Last Command, The Way of All Flesh) back in early 1929 to receive a Best Actor Oscar for a (nearly 100 percent) non-speaking role, was singled out for Michel Hazanavicius' Best Picture winner The Artist. In the film, Jean Dujardin plays a silent movie actor in the skids.
First-time nominee Octavia Spencer received her Best Supporting Actress Oscar statuette for Tate Taylor's socially conscious ensemble comedy-drama The Help, featuring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Best Supporting Actress nominee Jessica Chastain, among others. Veteran Christopher Plummer, who had been previously nominated for Michael Hoffman's The Last Station, took home the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance as Ewan McGregor's gay father in Mike Mills' Beginners.
2013 Oscar nominees in the acting categories
- Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook; Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty; Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild; Emmanuelle Riva, Amour; Naomi Watts, The Impossible.
- Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln; Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables; Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook; Joaquin Phoenix, The Master; Denzel Washington, Flight.
- Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, The Master; Helen Hunt, The Sessions; Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook; Sally Field, Lincoln; Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables.
- Best Supporting Actor: Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook; Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master; Alan Arkin, Argo; Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln; Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained.
The 2013 Oscar ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in the Los Angeles. Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane will host the proceedings. Previously announced Oscar 2013 presenters and/or performers include Barbra Streisand, Adele, Norah Jones, Mark Wahlberg, and Ted's teddy bear Ted.
Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin backstage at Oscar 2012 ceremony photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.