Steve Carell, Kerry Washington and Olivia Munn Among Second Group of Oscar Presenters & Performers
Steve Carell, Kerry Washington and Olivia Munn were announced as presenters at the Oscars, to be held on Feb. 28
“These artists have enriched the international moviegoing experience with a range of memorable work from the comic to the profound,” Oscars producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said in a statement. “In the process, they have won over millions of fans, and we count ourselves among them.”
International stars like Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and South Korean actor Byung-hun Lee were also included on the list, amid the growing controversy surrounding the lack of representation at this year’s Oscar ceremony.
Despite the growing number of African-American presenters and performers, the Oscars’ 2016 acting categories are composed solely of white actors for the second consecutive year.
Although he did not receive a nomination for his critically acclaimed performance in Sicario, Benicio del Toro was included on the first list of presenters, which also featured Kevin Hart, Tina Fey, Ryan Gosling, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Charlize Theron and Jacob Tremblay.
The Academy recently announced sweeping changes to its guidelines, in an effort to bring more diversity to its membership.