Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Melissa Leo and Christian Bale to present Oscars

By Daniel S Levine,
Left to right, Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale, Best Actress Natalie Portman, Best Supporting Actress Melissa Leo and Best Actor Colin Firth pose backstage at the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on February 27, 2011. UPI/Jim Ruymen

The four winners of last year’s Oscars in the acting categories will be on hand Sunday to present awards during this year’s ceremony.

In Thursday’s announcement, the show’s producers, Brian Grazer and Don Mischer, announced that Colin Firth, who won Best Actor for The King’s Speech, Natalie Portman, who won Best Actress for Black Swan and Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, who won for their supporting roles in The Fighter, will be in attendance to present awards.

Firth’s win was one of four given to The King’s Speech, which also won Best Picture.

According to The Wrap, Oscar tradition usually has the previous year’s winners announced as presenters before any other announcements. However, Grazer and Mischer broke that tradition. Their first announcement was that the entire cast of Bridesmaids, which includes Supporting Actress nominee Melissa McCarthy, will be at the ceremony.

Firth, Bale, Portman and Leo join a lengthy list of A-listers who will also be presenting awards, including Halle Berry, Rose Byrne, Bradley Cooper, Tom Cruise, Penelope 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. Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog will also present an award.

The nominees in the acting categories this year include George Clooney (The Descendants), Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer (The Help) and Christopher Plummer (Beginners)

The 84th Academy Awards air on ABC Sunday live at 7 p.m. EST.

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