It seems incontheivable that Bill Murray has never been an Oscars presenter before, but it’s true. Apparently those shrivs at the Academy didn’t deem Stripes and Ghostbusters artistically relevant (RIP, Harold Ramis). But times have changed since Murray became BFFs with Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson, and now he’s set to become an Oscar presenter for the first time at the Academy Awards this Sunday. Murray presented the Best Picture segment for Lost in Translation back in 2004, but this will mark the first time he gets to present an actual award. Not as cool as doing dishes at a Brooklyn house party, maybe, but we’ll take it.
Here’s the full list, released today:
Robert De Niro
Samuel L. Jackson
Michael B. Jordan
Everything’s coming up C-Tates, yo.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see how the famously spontaneous Murray handles reading corny jokes off a teleprompter. (Okay, maybe not interesting, per se, but you know what I mean). Will he ignore it and grab Dame Judi Dench from the front row for an impromptu dance number, complete with a dip? My guess, he’ll read it, but he’ll have that glint in his eye the whole time that says he knows how silly it is he’s doing this and that he’s in on the joke with us. Sort of like when he did Garfield, or when he was getting that HJ in Hyde Park on the Hudson. The amazing thing about Garfield was that he managed to convey that glint in his eye solely through voice acting. Bill Murray is magic.
[hat tip: ThePlaylist]