Stephen M. Silverman
January 26, 2006 08:45 AM

Jennifer Aniston will make her first-ever Academy Awards appearance on March 5, where the former Friends star will serve as a presenter onstage at the Kodak Theatre.

The invitation from Oscars organizers is a big step for the former Friends star as she converts from TV star to film actress. Her most recent films were Derailed and Rumor Has It. This week in Sundance, her new movie, Friends With Money, premiered.

Other Oscar presenters already announced include last year’s winners, Jamie Foxx and Hilary Swank, as well as Luke Wilson and Morgan Freeman.

Meanwhile, at Sundance, Aniston made the rounds alongside good friend Catherine Keener. As PEOPLE reports in its latest issue, Aniston avoided the limelight, preferring quiet meals with her close friends and charming Ming Tsai of the Boston-area eatery Blue Ginger – one of several chefs in Park City for the festival – by praising his ahi tuna parfait.

“She was very sweet to everyone,” says another Sundance-goer. “All smiles.”

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