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The best actors of 2011 are returning to the Oscars to honor the best of 2012. Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer will be on hand to present awards at the Oscars later this month.
“We are honored to have Meryl, Octavia, Christopher and Jean, last year's Oscar winners in each of the acting categories, return to the Oscar stage,” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement.
This is turning into an annual tradition. During last year’s Oscars, the 2010 acting class - Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Christian Bale (The Fighter) - were all on hand to see Dujardin (The Artist), Streep (The Iron Lady), Plummer (Beginners) and Spencer (The Help) win.
Streep is, of course, the most nominated actress in the Oscars' history with 17 nominations. In 2012, she starred in Hope Springs. Dujardin had never been nominated before and his win likely earned him a role in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Spencer was also a first-time nominee, while Plummer had been nominated once before his win.
Last week, Zadan and Meron announced that Mark Wahlberg will reunite with his Ted co-star, the foul-mouthed bear himself, to present an award. Ted director Seth MacFarlane will be hosting the awards.
Barbra Streisand and Adele will also be performing.
This year’s Oscars are set for Feb. 24, live on ABC.