The Academy has begun rolling out presenter announcements for the upcoming 87th Oscars (which I suddenly can't believe are less than three weeks away). Kicking things off is the requisite note that last year's acting winners – Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o – will be on hand to present to this year's crop of acting award recipients.
So Blanchett will present to Michael Keaton (unless “Birdman” has peaked), Eddie Redmayne (unless “Jupiter Ascending” sinks his ship) or Bradley Cooper (unless “American Sniper” becomes too sticky a proposition in the major categories). McConaughey will present to Julianne Moore (unless hell freezes over). Nyong'o will present to J.K. Simmons (ditto). And Leto will present to Arquette (ditto).
Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks as more presenters are revealed, and, I imagine, more of the plans for the show are divulged. We already have each of the Best Original Song nominees set for performances (save “Everything is Awesome,” but I'm sure that will be sorted soon). The rumor is there will be a 50th anniversary celebration of “The Sound of Music,” which, after similar tributes to “Chicago” and “The Wizard of Oz,” would begin to tip into absurdity. (We get it. The producers like musicals.) But I'm not sure if that's actually going to happen or not.
The 87th annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 22.