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And the 2012 Oscar Presenters Are...Funny (UPDATED)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 23, 2012 at 1:28PM

Take a look at the stars lined up to present at the 84th Academy Awards on February 26. Clearly, the latest additions are taking this year's show in a comedy direction...
Oscar Presenters 2012

Take a look at the stars lined up to present at the 84th Academy Awards on February 26. Per tradition, each of last year's acting winners--Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo and Natalie Portman-- will join those previously announced. Clearly, the show is leaning toward comedy, from the cast of "Bridesmaids," Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy to Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Tina Fey, Chris Rock and Ben Stiller. Bringing sex appeal are Bradley Cooper, "The Help" star Emma Stone, "Resident Evil" star Milla Jovovich (what's she doing on this list? Feels like a Harvey Weinstein plant), Penelope Cruz, Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez.


In the catgeory of "I'm going to be there anyway so I might as well present" are nominee Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt's date, Angelina Jolie.

And veteran one-time superstars Michael Douglas, Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise will also deliver good news to winners.

Whether or not he is officially announced, we bet the house that this year's winner of the Golden Collar Award, "The Artist" star Uggie, will turn up on the Kodak stage Oscar night in his doggie tuxedo.

(Here's last year's list of presenters.)

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.