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Comment 14 FEBRUARY 2013

Oscar nominees Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence to present gongs

Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence will present Oscars at the 85th Academy Awards in LA on February 24.

The stars of the moment are also all nominees at the film industry’s greatest event. Actor turned producer Ben Affleck, who scooped two BAFTAs for Best Film and Best Director for Argo, is nominated for Best Picture.

 



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Jessica Chastain, who missed out on a gong at last year’s ceremony for her supporting role in The Help, is contending for Best Actress in the Best Picture nominee Zero Dark Thirty this year.

Hot on her heels is Jennifer Lawrence who has also been nominated for Best Actress in the Best Picture nominee Silver Linings Playbook.

 



 

The trio join a star-studded list of previously announced Oscar presenters including Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry and Reese Witherspoon, all former winners of the prestigious Best Actress gong.

A glittering line-up of Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand will provide some of the evening’s entertainment as they perform at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone announced 2013's nominees from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles in January.

Home grown film Les Miserables, directed by British The King's Speech filmmaker Tom Hooper, was nominated in the coveted Best Picture category - along with Life of Pi , Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables, Django Unchained, Amour, Argo, and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

The big screen musical adaption fared well with eight nominations in total. These included a Best Supporting Actress nod for Anne Hathaway for her moving portrayal of Fantine. Anne must see off competition from Sally Field, Jacki Weaver, Helen Hunt and Amy Adams.

Sweeping the board was Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, picking up 12 nominations in total. The presidential biopic was closely followed by Life of Pi, with 11. Receiving a notable seven nods, meanwhile, was Argo, while new Bond film Skyfall got five in total.

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