Jennifer Lopez, Brie Larson, Whoopi Goldberg & More to Present at 2019 Oscars. Awkwafina, Daniel Craig, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph & Charlize Theron also announced in first wave of presenters for Feb. 24 telecast. On Monday (Feb. 4), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the first round of presenters who will hand out prizes at this year's 91st Academy Awards. While the show remains hostless, viewers can still expect an A-list group of celebrity attendees. Among the diverse talent set to present Oscars are Awkwafina, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson and Constance Wu. In addition to this star-studded list, Oscar producer Donna Gigliotti and co-producer and director Glenn Weiss announced that the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Gustavo Dudamel will perform during the annual "In Memoriam" segment of the show. "The Oscar nominees have generated tremendous worldwide attention through their captivating stories, achievements and performances," said Gigliotti and Weiss. "We want to give the public an opportunity to once again experience the moments that have moved us all. It is a celebration of our universal love of movies." The announced names are only some of talent set to hand out the golden statues; the Academy will unveil more presenters in the weeks to come. "This is an important moment in Oscar history," said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. "This year's show maintains Oscar traditions, and is also evolving to reflect our global audience." The 2019 Oscars will air live Sunday, Feb. 24, on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. (Billboard)

Matthew McConaughey still gets nervous watching himself on-screen. So, do big-time big-name big-earning big-league Academy Award winners ever get nervous? Matthew McConaughey, whose film "Serenity" with Anne Hathaway recently opened: "I'm in this business 28 years. It's exciting to get something new to do. I've already watched this whole film. Everybody loves it. "But, do I still get nervous? The answer's yes. When I see myself on-screen, yes. Look, it takes three months to make one movie that you'll sit through for two hours. I'm very selective because I know that one minute on-screen for you to watch might be the result of 14 hours of my work. So, I take it all very seriously." ... Taraji P. Henson knows what men want. Her new movie's "What Men Want." Says the "Empire" star: "Eight months of the year, I'm Cookie. A little exhausting. After 20 years in the game, a comedy. Feels good to laugh, not cry. "First, with no script, and since my character can read minds, I just put in subjects I wanted to deal with. Like 'MeToo' and 'Time's Up.' Great opportunity to address those in a funny way. People learn through laughter. "?'Time's Up' is real. So real that we made a movie about it. Women need to be paid what they deserve. But we can't do it alone. We can only create so many hashtags." Co-star Tracy Morgan: "The first three letters of 'funny' are fun. And that's what this was. We did it like a family. "But I'm not reading anyone's mind. Getting into somebody else's head can be evil, because if I don't like what I'm reading, maybe my thinking might change your mind and I don't want to be responsible for your destiny." "What Men Want" is a new take on "What Women Want," which was made back when we still cared what Mel Gibson wants. Meanwhile, they want everyone to go see it. (PageSix)


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