Batman, Black Panther and Star Trek stars to present at Oscars

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The Oscars continues to beef up its presenters line-up with some of the biggest heroes in this or any other cinematic universe!

On Tuesday (February 19), Oscars producer Donna Gigliotti and director Glenn Weiss made the announcement that former Batman star Michael Keaton, Marvel's Black Panther cast members Danai Gurira and Michael B. Jordan as well as Star Trek: Discovery's rogue captain Michelle Yeoh are joining the presenting team.

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Other new presenters include Academy Award winner Dame Helen Mirren, stand-up comic John Mulaney, director Tyler Perry, musician Pharrell Williams, Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter, Eighth Grade actress Elsie Fisher, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse's Brian Tyree Henry and Avengers star Paul Rudd.

"We are excited to welcome these amazing artists and filmmakers to the show,” Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss said in a joint statement.

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Marvel's Chris Evans and Samuel L Jackson were previously named as two of the presenters for this year's hostless Oscars as well.

Evans was previously announced in the first wave of presenters, while Jackson has been confirmed in the second.

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The other stars announced in the first wave include Awkwafina, Daniel Craig, Tina Fey, Allison Janney, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Amy Poehler, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson and Constance Wu.

While the stars joining Jackson in the second were Javier Bardem, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Emilia Clarke, Laura Dern, Stephan James, Keegan-Michael Key, KiKi Layne, James McAvoy, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Momoa and Sarah Paulson.

Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss previously said in a statement: “The array of talent anchoring the show this year has brought some of the most indelible moments in recent cinematic memory to audiences around the world.

"They join together to reconnect us with the nominees, their tremendous movies, and outstanding performances."

The Academy took the decision to have a series of presenters rather than a single host at this year's Oscars after Kevin Hart stepped down from the role following the backlash over his past jokes about the LGBTQ+ community.

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Hart resigned as host of the Academy Awards just days after accepting the job in December, following the resurfacing of past homophobic tweets and his initial resistance to release an apology for them at the time. Later, he did admit regret for his "insensitive words".

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