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Steven Yeun added to Oscar host list, alongside Viola Davis and Riz Ahmed – Deadline

UPDATE, 12:00 p.m .: Steven Yeun is a last-minute surprise to add the ensemble cast of Oscars presenters, producer Oscarcast said today. the Minari star is the first nominated for Best Asian and American Actor in the 93-year history of the Oscars.

“Surprise!” producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh said in a statement. “We are very happy to welcome Steven to the team, and he completes our cast for the Oscars. No, really, that’s it.

They had said earlier this week that the additions of Viola Davis and Riz Ahmed would complete the list of presenters.

With this duo, Yeun joins a lineup of presenters that also includes Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya.

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PREVIOUS, April 22: Oscar nominees Viola Davis and Riz Ahmed are joining the ensemble cast scheduled for the 93rd Academy Awards, show producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh announced today.

Davis, Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress for Fences, is four times nominated and shortlisted this year for best actress in Ma Rainey’s black background, for which she won the SAG award as a lead actress. Emmy winner Ahmed is nominated for the first time at the Academy Awards for Best Actor for Metal sound.

When asked at Saturday’s press conference if any new additions to the presenters’ “cast” were coming, Soderbergh said they would announce two final names, but “logistics” were delaying its release to this. moment. One reason could be that voting continued until 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday, and the Academy may not have wanted to give the selection of two actual nominees a publicity boost. by announcing that they were also part of the show. While it’s pretty common for nominees to also act as presenters in the same year, it turned out that Oscar producers were avoiding that this time around.

“We are delighted that Viola and Riz have joined our cast,” Collins, Sher and Soderbergh said in a statement. “Even though they’re nominated, we really felt like they had to be part of our Oscar ensemble.”

Ahmed and Davis round out the diverse lineup which includes Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya.

The 93rd Academy Awards will be broadcast live on ABC starting at 5 p.m. PT Sunday from Union Station in Los Angeles, the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, international venues via satellite.

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