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Riz Ahmed, Viola Davis Join Oscars Presenters Lineup

Oscars statue
(Image credit: Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences)

Riz Ahmed and Viola Davis have been added to the list of Oscars presenters when the annual movie awards happen on ABC April 25. Other presenters include Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Zendaya and Renee Zellweger. 

Ahmed is up for best actor for his work in Sound of Metal. Davis is up for best actress in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. 

Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh are producing the 93rd Oscars, which happen at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, along with international locations via satellite. The producers have described an “awards-show-as-a-movie approach” to the telecast. 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosts the Oscars. 

The commercial lineup is sold out, according to ABC, with the average 30-second spot costing $2.15 million. 

The Academy Award for best picture is between Judas and the Black Messiah, Mank, Minari, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, The Father and The Trial of the Chicago 7.  

Michael Malone
Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.