Tuesday 26 September 2017

Benedict Cumberbatch and Reese Witherspoon to present at the Oscars

Imitation Game
Imitation Game
Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch
Reese Witherspoon manages to pull off tight white Armana. HIT.
Benedict Cumberbatch once played the part of a saucy French maid

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Benedict Cumberbatch will take to the stage at this year’s Oscars.

The 38-year-old actor is nominated for best actor for his role in The Imitation Game. And whether or not Benedict takes home the prize, he will still delight fans with an appearance at the Academy Awards.

The British star has been announced as one of the latest presenters for the upcoming ceremony.

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Imitation Game
Imitation Game

As well as Benedict, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey will also present at the ceremony, to be held in Los Angeles on February 22.

The Oscars will this year be hosted by Gone Girl star Neil Patrick Harris.

Neil, 41, recently revealed that he is starting to get nervous about the prospect of fronting such a world-famous awards ceremony.

"There's a nervous tension starting to develop," he confessed to Total Film magazine. "You need to be ready to comment or deal with the unexpected, and that's part of the expectations that come with the Oscars – and the fact that it's a live event and a billion people are watching you!"

Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in Wild
Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in Wild

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Neil is no stranger to chairing awards shows; he's taken the helm at the Emmy Awards twice and has hosted the Tony Awards four times.

However, this time it's even bigger, with the enormity of the night not lost on Neil.

"The preparations are a lot more elaborate, but it's an immense responsibility. I've never done an awards show of this scale before. The big challenge will be to come up with great song and dance numbers and make it as entertaining and exciting as possible," he explained.

Actor Neil Patrick Harris attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel
Actor Neil Patrick Harris attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel

Neil follows in the famous footsteps of the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Seth MacFarlane and Hugh Jackman.

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