Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Oscars 2013: Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer confirmed presenters

Last year's acting winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep will return to present at the 85th Academy Awards, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Tuesday.

As is the tradition, the most four recent acting category winners will return to the Oscar stage and bestow the honor on four more actors. As is the custom, the Best Actor Oscar winner typically presents the Oscar to Best Actress and vice versa. The Supporting Actor presents to Supporting Actress.

Dujardin won the Oscar for Best Actor for "The Artist," which went on to win Best Director and Best Picture for a total of five Oscars.

Plummer won the Supporting Actor Oscar for his heart-warming role in "Beginners," where he plays a man battling cancer and coming out of the closet. Plummer was 82 at last year's ceremony, making him the oldest actor to win an Academy Award. (It may be interesting to note that Eli Wallach is the oldest Acting Honorary Award winner, receiving the award at 94. Emmanuelle Riva, nominated for "Amour," could steal the title from Plummer if she wins Best Actress on Feb. 24. She is turning 86 on Oscar Night.)

Watch is his acceptance speech here.

Streep was a somewhat surprising win for Best Actress, even though her role as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady" was remarkable. She won over Viola Davis, nominated for "The Help."

In her acceptance speech, Streep addressed those who may think she shouldn't have won.

"When they called my name I’d had this feeling I could hear half of America going, 'Oh no … oh c'mon … why …her … again?'" Streep said. "But whatever."

Spencer was the frontrunner for the Supporting Actress category — for her performance in "The Help." (Watch it here.)

The 85th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2012, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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