Again, uh…

Posted by · 3:58 am · February 18th, 2009

Following yesterday’s thrilling/indifferent/perplexing (adjust according to age) revelation that Robert Pattinson is a likely presenter at Sunday’s Academy Awards, Sasha Stone has excavated some further hints as to who to expect on stage — and it seems Beyoncé Knowles, “High School Musical” tweens Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, as well as young “Mamma Mia!” duo Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper could all be in the mix.

Beyoncé is a bona fide megastar and has been a regular fixture at the Oscars for some years now, so that at least makes sense. But what’s with the excessive pandering to the (pre)teen demographic? Do that many of them really watch the Oscars? Maybe they do — I’m just asking.

But isn’t the inclusion of one pretty-but-sexually-unthreatening vampire a sufficient nod to the demographic? Efron on his own could be bearable, but let’s not kid ourselves into pretending that Hudgens, Seyfried and Cooper are movie stars just yet.

With names like these, perhaps the whole “secret presenters” thing was just a ploy to avoid scaring us off.

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  • 1 2-18-2009 at 5:28 am

    adam said...

    You haven’t mentioned in your post that the rumour is that they will all do a song and dance number staged by Baz Luhrmann.

    It’s not as if they are presenting Best Picture.

    I like the idea of a big performance with lots of the young and up and coming actors.

  • 2 2-18-2009 at 5:59 am

    MILEY LOVER said...

    I pray to God That MILEY CYRUS is there this year .

    MILEY is awesome , she will make the ratings go up .

    Ashley Tisdale and Miley should present an award , like animated film .

  • 3 2-18-2009 at 6:14 am

    downandout said...

    I’ve read that they maybe doing tributes to generes, and Hugh, Beyonce, and the other four will be in the “musical” tribute production number. Zac and Vanessa were in High School Musical and the other two in Mamma Mia! last year and the producers did say they wanted to honor all movies and not just the nominated ones. I’ve also read that Hugh and Beyonce were rehearsing in NYC last week.

  • 4 2-18-2009 at 8:01 am

    Matthew said...

    I could maybe handle Seyfried and Cooper (Cooper was great in “History Boys” and “Sense and Sensibility”). It’s that Hudgens. If she’s there I think I’ll just start crying.

  • 5 2-18-2009 at 8:03 am

    Liz said...

    I thought Dominic Cooper was absolutely awful in “Sense and Sensibility” and “The Duchess.” First Robert Pattinson, then him? Bleh.

  • 6 2-18-2009 at 9:47 am

    Isaac Richter said...

    Are Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Javier Bardem and Tilda Swinton still going to be there to present their categories? Please, tell me they are. If not, it will mark a definite low point for the Oscars.

  • 7 2-18-2009 at 10:32 am

    Cinnamon Life said...

    Aren’t Efron and Hudgens dating? That makes them the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie for (pre)teens. It only makes sense that they would invite both.

  • 8 2-18-2009 at 10:32 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Cirus was there last year too. This year I hope she’ll sing a duet with Mickey Rooney.

  • 9 2-18-2009 at 11:12 am

    Chad said...

    Don’t you remember they said they were picking presenters who encapsulated the year in movies. Efron, Pattinson, and Seyfried all starred in worldwide smashes so it makes perfect sense. I’m sure you’ll see a Christian Bale or Robert Downey Jr. in there as well so no need to get too excited. I think this is a great approach and much more preferable than carting out a Sean Connery or Michael Douglas for presenting duties.

  • 10 2-18-2009 at 11:19 am

    Brian Kinsley said...

    Seyfried aside, what the fuck is Condon doing??

  • 11 2-18-2009 at 3:17 pm

    Patryk said...

    Peter Gabriel gets a 65 second limit for his nominated song, and this twinky crowd puts on a production number? WTF! Glad Gabriel said no.

  • 12 2-19-2009 at 4:56 am

    Eunice said...

    Well, at least they didn’t ask Pierce Brosnan to sing. Loved him as 007, but his singing voice? Not so much. I hope they honor older musicals, like ‘Phantom of the Opera’ or ‘Grease’.

    I like the idea of honoring genres and hope that they really do that. I just hope Condon picks the best of the genre to honor. I’m looking forward to this year’s ceremony–it looks like it’s taking a lot of risks, and I hope it succeeds.