There will be even more celebrities than usual
The Academy has been trying to up the celebrity quotient as much as possible considering the whole host situation. It's very likely the actors who play The Avengers will be there, which essentially amounts to some ABC-Disney corporate synergy and cross promotion for Endgame, which is headed to theaters in April. The attempts to lock down big names have also created some drama within Hollywood. Before the SAG Awards in January, the Screen Actors Guild charged the Academy with trying to intimidate stars into exclusively presenting at the Oscars. The reported threats were that, if a big-name actor appeared at, say, the SAGs, they would be barred from a Oscar gig.
"This self-serving intimidation of SAG-AFTRA members is meant to limit their opportunities to be seen and honor the work of their fellow artists throughout the season," the union said in a statement. "Actors should be free to accept any offer to participate in industry celebrations. The apparent attempt by the Academy to keep our members from presenting on their own awards show is utterly outrageous and unacceptable." With no host, the Academy was willing to play dirty.
Despite that kerfuffle, big names are still showing up. Here are the presenters who have since been announced: Awkwafina, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu, Javier Bardem, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Emilia Clarke, Laura Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Stephan James, Keegan-Michael Key, KiKi Layne, James McAvoy, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Momoa, and Sarah Paulson. So you've got a couple of Crazy Rich Asians, James Bond, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Black Panther's mom, Daenerys Targaryen, Nick Fury, Aquaman, and a bunch more. Famed conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform during the In Memoriam segment, and the living members of Queen will play with Adam Lambert for some sort of Bohemian Rhapsody tribute. Lambert confirmed on the red carpet that Queen will open the show.
According to a report in the New York Times, the best picture nominees will be introduced by people who are "outside the world of entertainment." For instance, tennis superstar Serena Williams will talk about A Star Is Born.