Avengers may 'assemble' as presenters at 91st Academy Awards ceremony to save the day from a host-less show
Following comedian-actor Kevin Hart's abrupt withdrawal from hosting the Oscars in December amid flack for past homophobic and anti-gay tweets, the Oscars ceremony will reportedly not feature a host for the first time in three decades. However, it has been reported that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is trying to line up as many cast members as possible from Marvel's Avengers franchise, to serve as presenters.
In a new format for the 24 February broadcast, a selection of Hollywood A-listers will be delegated the role of emcees, who will introduce the separate segments of the show.
The Avengers-Oscars reunion once took place in 2013, after the mammoth success of Avengers in 2012. The telecast featured Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury) together on stage. Now that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded, the line up is also expected to comprise more number of stars.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that whereas The Academy has refused to comment, grapevine suggests that many of the actors were disallowed from presenting at the Golden Globe Awards to convey a more profound impact during the telecast of the 91st Academy Awards.
Marvel's Avengers: Endgame, as per movie database website IMDb, is the second most anticipated film of 2019, after Brie Larson-starrer Captain Marvel. The final film of the franchise hits theatres on 26 April.
Updated Date: Jan 11, 2019 11:35:55 IST
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