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[02/23/12 - 10:17 AM]
Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo and Natalie Portman to Present at 84th Academy Awards(R) Oscar Sunday on ABC
Said quartet received the top acting nods at last year's event.

[via press release from ABC]

CHRISTIAN BALE, COLIN FIRTH, MELISSA LEO AND NATALIE PORTMAN TO PRESENT AT 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS(R) OSCAR SUNDAY ON ABC

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - The four Oscar(R)-winning actors from the 83rd Academy Awards - Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo and Natalie Portman - will present at the 84th Academy Awards, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today.

Both Bale and Leo received Oscars(R) for their supporting roles in "The Fighter." It was Bale's first nomination and Leo's second. Two-time nominees Firth and Portman took home Academy Awards for their lead performances in "The King's Speech" and "Black Swan," respectively.

Bale, Firth, Leo and Portman join a stellar list of previously announced Oscar presenters, including Halle Berry, Rose Byrne, Bradley Cooper, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Michael Douglas, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Zach Galifianakis,Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Milla Jovovich, Ellie Kemper, Jennifer Lopez, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Maya Rudolph, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep and Kristen Wiig.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, from the 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.

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