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The Academy announces first slate of presenters and performers for 88th Oscars


Fri, Jan 29th 2016 10:00 am

Oscars producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced the first slate of presenters for the 88th Oscars telecast. The Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock, will air live "Oscar Sunday," Feb. 28, on ABC.

The presenters and performers, including past Oscar winners and nominees, are: 

  • Benicio Del Toro
  • Tina Fey
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Kevin Hart
  • Lady Gaga
  • Sam Smith
  • Charlize Theron
  • Jacob Tremblay
  • The Weeknd
  • Pharrell Williams

"Each of these artists brings a wonderfully distinctive element to the Oscars stage," Hill and Hudlin said. "Together, they represent the many thrilling ways stories can be shared about the human experience, and we're honored they will be part of the celebration."

The 88th Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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