The Academy might have failed to give Jennifer Aniston a nomination for her transformative role in Cake, but they sure want her to hand out an award that almost could have been hers. Aniston along with other celebrities have been tapped to join the long list of presenters for the upcoming Oscar ceremonies.
Aniston was the darling of the critics for her stunning portrayal of a distraught woman in last year’s Cake. Although the film was not a hit at the box office, the 45-year-old star of Friends hailed her performance as one of the year’s best. She received back-to-back nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Critic’s Choice Movie Awards, and the Golden Globe Awards.
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In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Aniston revealed that she’s happy about one thing.
“I’m the number one snubbed!” she joked. “That’s the silver lining!”
At the time of the interview, the film had not yet been released, however, there had already been an outpouring of support for her role.
“We’re so shocked and amazed that we have had this much love for a movie that hasn’t even been released yet.”
Aniston is not the only “snubbed actor” who will present come Oscar night. She will be joined by David Oyelowo, who portrayed Martin Luther King Jr. in this year’s Selma. Oyolewo has been mostly silent about the snub, but his pal Benedict Cumberbatch and director Ava DuVernay have criticized award-giving bodies for not recognizing the sheer talent that was on display in the biopic. Perhaps the Academy is cooking up something special for those who were not given the coveted nods?
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The Academy also released a list of presenters, giving us a peak on the celebrities who will grace the red carpet at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Aniston and Oyelowo will be joined by Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt, Sienna Miller, Chris Rock, Scandal’s Kerry Washington and John Travolta. Last year, Travolta became an internet meme after introducing Let it Go singer Idina Menzel as “Adele Dazeem.” He better make sure to practice pronouncing the names of the nominees before he steps out to present.
Last year’s winners, Lupita Nyong’O and Jared Leto will also present an award, while a previously released list revealed that Cate Blanchett and Matthew McConaughey is also set to join the stage. The 87th Academy Awards will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and will air around the globe on February 22.
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