J-Lo to hand out Oscars gold
Jennifer Lopez will join the star-studded cast of celebrities presenting Oscar statuettes at this weekend's Academy Awards.Updated: Mar 01, 2006 16:53 IST
Hollywood superstar Jennifer Lopez will join the star-studded cast of celebrities presenting Oscar statuettes at this weekend's Academy Awards show, organisers said Tuesday.
The 36-year-old singer and actress whose private life keeps her in the headlines when her movies or recordings fail to, was last seen on the big screen in last year's comedy Monster-in-Law opposite screen legend Jane Fonda.
She recently finished shooting a new thriller called Bordertown, about the string of murders of young women in the Mexican city of Juarez, and will be seen next in El Cantante, the story of salsa king Hector Lavoe.
Her other film credits include the romantic comedy Maid in Manhattan, opposite Ralph Fiennes, Enough, Money Train, Out of Sight, The Cell, 2001's The Wedding Planner with Matthew McConaughey, and Angel Eyes.
J-Lo, famed for her ill-fated but high-profile engagement to movie star Ben Affleck and her subsequent secret marriage to singer Marc Anthony in June 2004, joined a long line of celebrities who will be handing out Oscars on Sunday.
Among those already signed are this year's big Oscar hopeful George Clooney, nominated for three awards as best director and best original screenplay for his political drama Good Night, and Good Luck and best supporting actor for Syriana.
Also presenting are best actress Oscar favourite Reese Witherspoon, nominated for the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, Australian Nicole Kidman, who won best actress in 2003 for The Hours and South African Charlize Theron, who snatched the same award in 2004 for Monster.
The 2005 best actress and best actor winners, Hilary Swank and Jamie Foxx, who took home statuettes for Million Dollar Baby and Ray, respectively, and 2006 best actor nominee Terrence Howard, will also hand out honours.
Also doing turns will be two-time Oscar winner and movie legend Meryl Streep -- the most nominated actor in Oscars history, with 13 nods under her belt -- and multiple Oscar-winning director and actor Clint Eastwood.
King Kong star Naomi Watts of Australia, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill star Uma Thurman, double Academy Award winner Tom Hanks and Hollywood darling Jennifer Aniston will also present awards.
Other celebrity presenters will include Crash, Speed and Miss Congeniality actress Sandra Bullock; Morgan Freeman, winner of the 2005 best supporting actor Oscar; actor Luke Wilson; Bullock's Speed co-star and Matrixactor Keanu Reeves; actress and singer Queen Latifah; American funnyman Will Ferrell and comedienne Lily Tomlin.
The 78th annual Academy Awards will begin at 5:30 pm (1330 GMT) on Sunday, capping Hollywood's frenzied annual awards season that has been dominated by the gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain, the Oscars favourite that is nominated for eight awards, including best picture, best director for Ang Lee and best actor for Heath Ledger.
First Published: Mar 01, 2006 16:53 IST