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'Avengers' Cast to Present at the Oscars

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 6, 2013 at 12:31PM

Marvel isn't missing a promo trick, nor is the ever-youth-audience-chasing Oscar telecast. "The Avengers" cast members Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo will present on-stage at the Oscars on February 24.
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"The Avengers"
"The Avengers"

Marvel isn't missing a promo trick, nor is the ever-youth-audience-chasing Oscar telecast. "The Avengers" cast members Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo will present on-stage at the Oscars on February 24.

Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron stated: "Audiences who enjoyed the year's biggest box office hit will be excited to see these terrific actors back together again."

The Oscar producers have nothing to worry about this year, as the Oscar race boasts a plethora of popular hits as well as the best movies in 90 years, according to Harvey Weinstein, speaking well of his competition for a change (perhaps realizing that the odds of winning best picture three years running are not in his favor). Global audiences are sure to bring the best ratings in years.

Nonetheless they are stacking the deck with Joss Whedon's "The Avengers," which broke opening weekend box-office records upon its release in early May of last year, grossing over $207 million upon its three-day opening, and led the year's blockbusters with more than $623 million during its total domestic theatrical run.

The film's cast have a history with the Oscars. Both Robert Downey Jr. and Jeremy Renner have been nominated twice ("Chaplin," "Tropic Thunder" for Downey; "The Hurt Locker" and "The Town" for Renner), while Samuel L. Jackson and Mark Ruffalo each have one nomination (for "Pulp Fiction" and "The Kids Are All Right," respectively).

No word yet on whether Scarlett Johansson or Chris Hemsworth will present with their castmates.

This article is related to: Awards, Academy Awards, Awards, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Awards, Oscars


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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.