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[02/16/12 - 10:30 AM]
Ben Stiller to Present at 84th Academy Awards(R) Oscar(R) Sunday, February 26 on ABC
Plus: Oscar.com is launching a video playlist of 18 of the 20 acting nominees talking about their favorite movie moment of all time.

[via press release from ABC]

BEN STILLER TO PRESENT AT 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS(R) OSCAR(R) SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 ON ABC

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - Ben Stiller will present at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today.

Stiller will be playing the title character in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," which he is also directing, and will be seen next in "Neighborhood Watch." His film credits include "Tropic Thunder," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Zoolander," "Meet the Parents," "There's Something about Mary," "Flirting with Disaster" and "Reality Bites."

Stiller joins a stellar list of previously announced Oscar presenters, including Halle Berry, Rose Byrne, Bradley Cooper, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Milla Jovovich, Ellie Kemper, Jennifer Lopez, Melissa McCarthy, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Emma Stone and Kristen Wiig.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center(R), and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world's preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards - in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners - the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

FOLLOW THE ACADEMY: www.oscars.org www.facebook.com/TheAcademy www.youtube.com/Oscars www.twitter.com/TheAcademy

MEDIA ALERT

MORE THAN ONE OSCAR NOMINEE THIS YEAR IS "MAD AS HELL, AND NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE."

WHAT: As part of The Academy's "Celebrate the Movies" digital campaign, Oscar.com (www.oscar.com) is launching a video playlist of 18 of the 20 acting nominees talking about their favorite movie moment of all time. The answers span genres and decades, with two nominees citing the iconic "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" line from Sydney Lumet's classic 1976 feature film, "Network."

View/download high-res video: 80sec trailer ... please use in your broadcast coverage today with tune-in to www.Oscar.com.

The "Celebrate the Movies" campaign launched January 23 on digital billboards in Los Angeles and on ABC's digital "SuperSign," an electronic landmark in New York's Times Square, as well as online at Oscar.com and youtube.com/Oscars, where fans can share their most memorable movie-going experiences through video or text. The films represented span eight decades, beginning with "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935) and culminating in "Avatar" (2009). Highlights from each decade include "Gone with the Wind" (1939), "Casablanca" (1942), "The Killers" (1946), "Sunset Boulevard" (1950), "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961), "True Grit" (1969), "The Exorcist" (1973), "Saturday Night Fever" (1977), "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989), "Apollo 13" (1995), "Shrek" (2001), "Ray" (2004) and "The Dark Knight" (2008). The exhibition highlights all of Hollywood's major genres, as well as independent, animated, foreign-language and documentary films.

WHO:

Nominees featured include:
Berenice Bejo
Demian Bichir
Kenneth Branagh
Jessica Chastain
George Clooney
Glenn Close
Viola Davis
Jean Dujardin
Jonah Hill
Rooney Mara
Melissa McCarthy
Janet McTeer
Nick Nolte
Gary Oldman
Christopher Plummer
Octavia Spencer
Meryl Streep
Max von Sydow

WHERE: www.Oscar.com, Deep link: http://oscar.go.com/video/PL55171708





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