In the wee hours of Monday morning, Academy Awards producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan announced the 46 presenters for the 86th Academy Awards, which will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres on Sunday. As ever, there’s a solid slate of silver screen royalty (Robert De Niro, Glenn Close, Kevin Spacey), up-and-coming stars (Michael B. Jordan, Emma Watson, Andrew Garfield) and previous year’s winners (Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway).
Often, the presenters are paired with someone with whom they’re about to share the screen, or a peer with similar gravitas. Or, in the case of the previous year’s winners, they present alone. That said, it would be more fun to pair some of these stars up in a less predictable fashion.
A few ideas:
Daniel Day-Lewis and Tyler Perry
Daniel Day-Lewis is a three-time Oscar-winning actor who is universally lauded for his willingness to throw himself into a role. By nearly all accounts, he is the finest actor of his generation. Tyler Perry is a prolific writer, actor, director and producer best known for his numerous performances as Madea, a 78-year-old woman. If Day-Lewis is looking for a real challenge, he could take a stab at taking the Madea role from Perry — as the 11-time Razzie nominee looks to tackle more serious parts.
Jennifer Lawrence and Anna Kendrick
The competition for America’s Most Winsome Sweetheart has been fierce, but it’s time to crown a winner. Do you go for the wildly talented, Oscar-winning, Letterman-charming, self-deprecating Hunger Games starlet or the wildly talented, Oscar-nominated, social media-winning, “When I’m Gone”-reviving Pitch Perfect thesp? There’s really no wrong answer here — though there’s a chance we may be seeing a bit less of J-Law in the next couple of years.
Harrison Ford and Anne Hathaway
Think James Franco let Hathaway down by not embracing their 2011 Oscar hosting gig with gusto and enthusiasm? Ford would make Franco look like, well, Anne Hathaway. And that’s saying something.
Matthew McConaughey and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
There are plenty of people on this list that McConaughey could be paired with, mostly because he’s Matthew McConaughey. But no introduction could top this one: “And now, here to present the award for Best Sound Editing are the fourth and ninth male leads of Angels in the Outfield, respectively, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Matthew McConaughey!” (Sidenote: the 1994 baseball classic is basically a who’s who of past and future stars — JGL, McConaughey, Danny Glover, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd, Neal McDonough, Dermot Mulroney and Adrien Brody.)
Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta
So there’s this movie called Pulp Fiction…
Zac Efron and Sidney Poitier
One of the most respected actors in the history of film on stage with the star of High School Musical (and High School Musical 2) should manage to get a giggle or two out of the stuffy crowd at the Dolby Theater — or at the very least, viewers at home.
Feel free to leave your own suggestions in the comments below — the possibilities are endless.