Wednesday, February 6, 2013

'Avengers' to assemble at the Oscars

The cast of "The Avengers" will be on hand to present at the 85th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Wednesday.

Not all of the Avengers will cry "Avengers Assemble" at the Oscars, though. Missing in action will be the Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), who is currently starring in a revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway, and Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor.

Appearing will be Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), and Mark Ruffalo (the human side of the Hulk).

Academy Award show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said:
We are happy to re-unite the "Avengers" cast to present on our show. Audiences who enjoyed the year's biggest box office hit will be excited to see these terrific actors back together again.
"The Avengers" was the biggest hit of 2012, with over $1.5 billion of global box office receipts. It was, though, mostly ignored when it came to the Oscars, earning only a single Academy Award nomination for -- as you might expect -- visual effects.

The cast of "The Avengers," though, are familiar with the Oscar.

Robert Downey, Jr. has been twice nominated for an Oscar twice, once for his leading role in "Chaplin" (1992) and next for his supporting role in "Tropic Thunder" (2008).

Samuel L. Jackson was nominated in 1994 for his supporting role in "Pulp Fiction," and can be seen in this year’s Best Picture nominee "Django Unchained."

Jeremy Renner has been twice nominated for an Academy Award, once for his leading role in 2009 Best Picture winner "The Hurt Locker" and once for his supporting role in "The Town" (2010).

Mark Ruffalo received his first nomination for his supporting role in 2010 Best Picture nominee "The Kids Are All Right."

Evans is the sole newcomer to the Oscar venue.

The Oscars will be hosted by "Family Guy's" Seth MacFarlane on Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center. It will be televised in over 225 countries.

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