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Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain to present awards at Critics' Choice Movie Awards

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Thu, Jan 16th 2014 02:25 pm

The Broadcast Film Critics Association has announced Jensen Ackles, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Jessica Chastain, Don Cheadle, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Sir Ben Kingsley, Nia Long, Kellan Lutz, James Marsden, Jared Padalecki, Margot Robbie, Julia Roberts, Ian Somerhalder, Isaiah Washington and Marlon Wayans will present awards at this year's Critics' Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

Hosted by Aisha Tyler, the star-studded awards gala will be broadcast live on The CW Network at 8 p.m. Red carpet pre-show coverage will also air in various local markets immediately before the awards ceremony.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association also announced it will honor Forest Whitaker with the Joel Siegel Award, bestowed to one who uses celebrity as a platform to do good work for others. The award will be presented to Whitaker by his castmate from "Lee Daniels' The Butler," and fellow philanthropist Oprah Winfrey. The BFCA will also honor Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater for their collaborative work on the "Before" movie series. Matthew McConaughey will present them with the LOUIS XIII Genius Award, which recognizes "an unprecedented demonstration of excellence in the cinematic arts."

The Critics' Choice Movie Awards are bestowed annually by the BFCA to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics organization in the U.S. and Canada, representing more than 280 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today's filmgoing public. Eligible films were released in 2013. The accounting firm of CMM, LLP tallied the written ballots.

Since its inception in 1995, the Critics' Choice Movie Awards has been a star-studded bellwether event of the movie awards season. Among the Oscar nominees expected to attend Thursday's gala are Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Alfonso CuarĂ³n, Bruce Dern, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Spike Jonze, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Julia Roberts, David O. Russell, Martin Scorsese and Meryl Streep.

For additional information about the BFCA, BTJA and their memberships, visit www.criticschoice.com.

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