Barbra Streisand & Bradley Cooper In, Sacha Baron Cohen Out: Oscar Presenters

March 4 update

Matt Damon in Invictus

Oscar nominees Crazy Heart's Jeff Bridges, The Blind Side's Sandra Bullock, Invictus' Matt Damon (above), Up in the Air's Anna Kendrick, An Education's Carey Mulligan and Inglourious Basterds' Quentin Tarantino will be presenters at the 2010 Academy Awards.

Jeff Bridges received his fifth Oscar nomination for his lead performance in Crazy Heart. He'd previously earned a Best Actor nomination for Starman (1984) and Best Supporting Actor nominations for The Last Picture Show (1971), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) and The Contender (2000).

Sandra Bullock, Carey Mulligan and Anna Kendrick are first-time nominees, Bullock and Mulligan in the Best Actress category for The Blind Side and An Education, respectively, and Kendrick for her supporting role in Up in the Air. All three films are also in the running for Best Picture.

Matt Damon's supporting actor nomination for Invictus is his third. In 1997 he shared the Best Original Screenplay Oscar with Ben Affleck for Good Will Hunting, for which Damon was nominated as Best Actor.

Tarantino's nominations for writing and directing Inglourious Basterds are his third and fourth. In 1994 he was nominated for writing and directing Pulp Fiction, winning the Oscar for Original Screenplay. Inglourious Basterds is also a Best Picture contender.

The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the United States, it'll be televised live by ABC.

Photo: Invictus (Keith Bernstein / Warner Bros.)

March 3 update

Sacha Baron Cohen in Bruno

According to New York magazine's Vulture blog, Sacha Baron Cohen has been axed from the Oscar telecast because the Borat/Brüno performer who once landed on Eminem's lap was supposed to have appeared in a sketch with Ben Stiller that might have offended Best Director nominee James Cameron. The Avatar filmmaker has a reputation of being short tempered, and his blockbusting sci-fi epic is in the running for nine Oscars.

“An insider” told Vulture that Oscarcast co-producer Bill Mechanic feared that the Baron Cohen-Stiller skit might leave Cameron so incensed that “he might even walk out of the Oscar broadcast on live TV.”

In the skit, Baron Cohen was to show up onstage “as a blue-skinned, female Na'vi, with Stiller translating 'her' interplanetary speech. As the skit went on, though, it would become clear that Stiller wasn't translating properly, because Cohen would grow ever more upset. At its climax, an infuriated Baron Cohen would pull open 'her' evening gown to reveal that s/he was pregnant, knocked up with Cameron's love child, and would go on to confront her baby daddy as if s/he were on Jerry Springer.”

Mechanic was head of 20th Century Fox when Cameron's expensive Titanic was being produced by the studio.

We've contacted the Academy, but haven't heard back from them on the issue.

Photo: Sacha Baron Cohen in Bruno (Universal)

Barbra Streisand (above in Funny Girl), Kathy Bates, and Charlize Theron – three former Best Actress winners – will join former Oscar nominees Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah and John Travolta as presenters at the 2010 Academy Awards, telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic have announced.

Kathy Bates won her Academy Award for Misery (1990). Barbra Streisand won a Best Actress Oscar in 1968 for Funny Girl (the other Best Actress Oscar that year went to Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter) and in 1976 she and Paul Williams won for the Original Song Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born). In 2003, Charlize Theron received the Best Actress Oscar for Monster.

Robert Downey Jr earned Oscar nominations for his lead performance in Chaplin (1992) and his supporting role in Tropic Thunder (2008). Samuel L. Jackson and Queen Latifah received nominations for their supporting roles in Pulp Fiction (1994) and Chicago (2002), respectively. John Travolta earned Best Actor nominations for both Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Pulp Fiction (1994).

Photo: Columbia Pictures

The Bounty Hunter's Gerard Butler, The Hangover and The A-Team's Bradley Cooper, A Single Man's Tom Ford, Brokeback Mountain, Brothers, and Lovers and Other Drugs' Jake Gyllenhaal, Star Trek's Chris Pine, Henry's Crime and The Day the Earth Stood Still's Keanu Reeves, The Proposal, Buried and Green Lantern's Ryan Reynolds, and The Debt and Avatar's Sam Worthington (above) will be presenters at the 2010 Academy Awards ceremony.

Butler, Cooper, Ford, Pine, Reynolds and Worthington will be making their debut appearance on the Oscar show. This will be Gyllenhaal's third appearance and Reeves' fifth.

The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the United States, it'll be televised live by ABC.

Photo: Avatar (WETA / 20th Century Fox)

Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies host, The Hollywood Reporter columnist, and film historian, will be greeting Academy Award nominees and presenters on Oscar's red carpet on Sunday, March 7. Red carpet guest arrivals are expected to begin at approximately 3 p.m. PT and conclude at the start of the Oscar show at 5 p.m. PT.

This year will be Osborne's fifth stint on the red carpet for the Academy. According to the Academy's press release, Osborne's “red carpet celebrity chats will be audible to the other arriving guests as well as to the bleacher fans on the opposite side of the carpet.” Osborne is the author of the Academy's 80 Years of the Oscar, the official history of the Academy Awards. Additionally, he hosts Robert Osborne's Classic Film Festival in Athens, Georgia.

The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the United States, it'll be televised live by ABC.

Penélope Cruz, Pedro Almodovar Broken Embraces

Pedro Almodóvar (above, with Penélope Cruz), Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Demi Moore, and Zoe Saldana will be presenters at the 2010 Academy Awards ceremony.

Almodóvar, whose Broken Embraces was snubbed by Spain – their committee opted to submit Fernando Trueba's The Dancer and the Thief instead – will probably be presenting the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, which may go to Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon. Unless, of course, the relatively few and generally older voters in that category decide to pick A Prophet (less likely; too tough) or The Secret in Their Eyes.

Almodóvar made his first appearance in years at the 2010 Spanish Academy Awards – the Goyas – earlier this year. He was welcomed by a long standing ovation.

Photo: Broken Embraces set (Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo / Sony Pictures Classics)

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1 Comment to Barbra Streisand & Bradley Cooper In, Sacha Baron Cohen Out: Oscar Presenters

  1. Katerine Lanius

    Charlize Theron is such a very very beautiful woman. She also has a flawless skin and i love her acting skills.