The Avengers was the highest-grossing film of 2012, so it’s no surprise that some of its cast would be presenting at this year’s Academy Awards. The film is nominated for Best Visual Effects (although the momentum seems headed in the direction of Life of Pi), and the Academy has sent out a press release announcing that most of the superhero team will be presenting this year’s awards. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo will be presenting together, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re presenting for the technical categories (Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing). I assume Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson were unavailable. In any event, I hope the guys will have some witty banter, and even if they don’t, I’m sure Downey will make it entertaining anyway.
Hit the jump for the press release. The Academy Awards will be held on February 24th at 7pm (EST) on ABC.
Here’s the press release:
“THE AVENGERS CAST” – ROBERT DOWNEY JR., CHRIS EVANS, SAMUEL L. JACKSON,
JEREMY RENNER AND MARK RUFFALO – TO PRESENT ON OSCAR® SHOW
“Marvel’s The Avengers” cast mates Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo will present together on the Oscar stage, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.
“We are happy to re-unite the ‘Avengers’ cast to present on our show,” said Zadan and Meron. “Audiences who enjoyed the year’s biggest box office hit will be excited to see these terrific actors back together again.”
Downey has twice been nominated for an Oscar, for his leading role in “Chaplin” (1992) and for his supporting role in “Tropic Thunder” (2008). Evans, who will be making his first Oscar show appearance, will be seen in the upcoming “The Iceman.” Jackson was nominated in 1994 for his supporting role in “Pulp Fiction.” He can also be seen in this year’s Best Picture nominee, “Django Unchained.” Renner was nominated for his leading role in the 2009 Best Picture winner, “The Hurt Locker,” and for his supporting role in “The Town” (2010). Renner also had roles in this year’s “The Bourne Legacy” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (2011). Ruffalo received his first nomination for his supporting role in the 2010 Best Picture nominee, “The Kids Are All Right.”