Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, and Reese Witherspoon will be presenters at the 2013 Oscar ceremony on Feb. 24, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. All four performers are past Best Actress Oscar winners. (Image: Nicole Kidman hot and sultry in Lee Daniels' The Paperboy.)
Nicole Kidman won the Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry's The Hours (2002), co-starring Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore. Kidman was also nominated for Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! (2001) and John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole (2010). She was not nominated but should have been for Gus Van Sant's To Die For, and this year was considered a potential contender in the Best Supporting Actress category for her SAG Award-nominated performance in Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, starring Zac Efron.
Halle Berry was the Best Actress Oscar winner for Marc Forster's Monster's Ball, co-starring Billy Bob Thornton. That remains her sole Oscar nomination (and win) to date.
Sandra Bullock made awards-season history
In early 2010, Sandra Bullock made awards-season history when she became the first actress to win both an Academy Award (for John Lee Hancock's The Blind Side) and a Razzie (for Phil Traill's All About Steve). Early Oscar buzz has already begun for Bullock's upcoming movie, Alfonso Cuarón's sci-fier Gravity, co-starring George Clooney.
Reese Witherspoon won the Best Actress Oscar for James Mangold's Walk the Line (2005), co-starring this year's Best Actor nominee Joaquin Phoenix (The Master). That's Witherspoon's sole nomination to date.
Oscar 2013 presenters and performers
Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, and Reese Witherspoon will join the following previously announced Oscar 2013 ceremony presenters: Oscar 2012 winners Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Christopher Plummer (Beginners), and Octavia Spencer (The Help); Chicago cast members Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, and Catherine Zeta-Jones; The Avengers cast members Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Here are few more Oscar 2013 presenters: Mark Wahlberg and his Ted co-star Ted; The Dark Knight Rises' Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Daniel Radcliffe, next to be seen as Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings; Channing Tatum, who'll be missing out on the chance of performing a Magic Mike dance number; and Charlize Theron, last seen stuck in a far-away planet in Ridley Scott's Prometheus and making life hell for Kristen Stewart in Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman. And finally, announced Oscar 2013 performers include Adele, Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones, and Barbra Streisand.
The Oscar 2013 ceremony will be held on what's called “Oscar Sunday,” Feb. 24, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Ted director and co-screenwriter and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will host the proceedings.
2013 Oscar nominees in the Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director, and acting categories
The Best Picture Academy Award nominees are: Ben Affleck's Argo, Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, Ang Lee's Life of Pi, Michael Haneke's Amour, Tom Hooper's Les Misérables, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, and David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook. The Best Director nominees are Spielberg, Haneke, Lee, Zeitlin, and Russell.
This year's Best Foreign Language Film nominees are the following: Pablo Larraín's No, Chile; Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg's Kon-Tiki, Norway; Nikolaj Arcel's A Royal Affair, Denmark; Kim Nguyen's War Witch, Canada; and Michael Haneke's Amour, Austria.
Vying for Best Actor are Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook; Joaquin Phoenix, The Master; Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln; Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables; Denzel Washington, Flight.
Nicole Kidman hot and sultry in The Paperboy photo: Millennium Films.