Leonardo DiCaprio has been confirmed as one of the presenters at the 89th Academy Awards.
The 42-year-old star picked up his first-ever Best Actor Oscar for his role in ‘The Revenant’ at the 2016 ceremony and will make a return to Los Angeles’ Dolby theatre in February 26 to help hand out the statuettes to this year’s winners.
In keeping with tradition, Leonardo will hand out the Best Actress gong, while last year’s recipient, ‘Room’ star Brie Larson, will give out the Best Actor trophy.
Also in the first batch of confirmed presenters for this year’s ceremony – which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel – are last year’s Best Supporting Actor and Actress recipients, Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander.
At the ceremony, ‘La La Land’ leads the nominations with 14 nods – equaling the record set by 1997 movie ‘Titanic’ – in categories including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Production Design.
The musical’s leading man, Ryan Gosling, is in the running for Best Actor but faces competition from ‘Manchester By The Sea’ star Casey Affleck, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’s Andrew Garfield, ‘Captain Fantastic’s Viggo Mortensen and ‘Fences’ actor Denzel Washington.
And in the Best Actress category, ‘La La Land’ has another nomination for Emma Stone, who will face off against ‘Elle’ star Isabelle Huppert, ‘Loving’s Ruth Negga, ‘Jackie’s Natalie Portman, and ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ actress Meryl Streep.