Tuesday, March 02, 2010

News and Links 3/2/2010

With the Academy Awards just a few days away, a lot has been going on in preparation for the world's biggest awards show. Here are a few recent stories about this year's upcoming Oscars:

Following the announcement that three of last year's acting Oscar winners will be returning to present at this year's ceremonies, the Academy announced this week that past Oscar winners Kathy Bates, Barbra Streisand and Charlize Theron and past nominees Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah and John Travolta will be on-hand as presenters at Sunday's ceremonies. These seven big stars have four Oscars and 16 nominations between them.

Bates, Streisand, Theron, Downey Jr., Jackson, Latifah, and Travolta will be joining other announced presenters including Sacha Baron Cohen, Jason Bateman, Gerard Butler, Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Penelope Cruz, Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Tina Fey, Tom Ford, Jake Gyllenhaal, Taylor Lautner, Sean Penn, Tyler Perry, Chris Pine, Keanu Reeves, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Stewart, Ben Stiller, Kate Winslet, and Sam Worthington.


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All of this year's Academy Awards nominees were honored in February at a luncheon held by the Academy. Fourteen of the twenty acting nominees joined over 100 nominees overall to participate in the celebration and receive their official certificates of nomination.

All the nominees in attendance posed for a group photograph, which is available in panorama view on the Academy's website. (Or in non panorama view here)


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The Academy has released its first ever app! The downloadable application is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch and can be downloaded from the iTunes app store. It allows users to watch trailers, access real-time Awards Night results, and make and share their predictions with friends through Facebook and other social media.

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