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A whole host of stars set for the Oscars stage

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As expected, Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita N’yongo and Jared Leto will be among the presenters at this year’s Oscar ceremony.

Traditionally the winners of the acting prizes always return the year after.

Oprah Winfrey, Benedict Cumberbatch, Reese Witherspoon, Marion Cotillard, Meryl Streep, Josh Hutcherson, Octavia Spencer, Zoe Saldana and Scarlett Johansson have also been confirmed as presenters.

Producers have also revealed Jennifer Aniston, Sienna Miller, David Oyelowo, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, and John Travolta wil be presenting awards on the night. Let’s hope John Travolta can read the autocue this time.

Another raft of confirmed presenters include Jessica Chastain, Kevin Hart, Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Ben Affleck, Naomi Watts, Shirley MacLaine and Miles Teller.

You’ll also see Gwyneth Paltrow, Channing Tatum, Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Ansel Elgort and Liam Neeson.

This year’s Oscars will also feature lots of music performances. We don’t know much about them yet but do know Jack Black, Anna Kendrick and Jennifer Hudson will take to the stage for a ‘very special sequence’.

Plus, Lady Gaga has also been added to the list of performers.

“We’re creating several musical sequences for the Oscars and we couldn’t be happier that our friend, Jennifer Hudson, will be performing in one of them,” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement.

Stars set for Marigold Hotel royal premiere

British acting legends Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith will walk the red carpet at the world premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in London on February 17.

The acting Dames will be joined by co-stars Richard Gere, Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup as well as members of the royal family for the event which is this year’s Royal Film Performance.

Here’s a behind the scenes video featuring interviews with the cast including both of the Dames and Richard Gere: http://youtu.be/IGZ5xqAfIa4

Time to party with BAFTA

One of the things that always interests me around major awards shows are the spin-off events that take place in the days before.

This year’s British Academy Film Awards are no exception. Having already hosted an Inaugural Gala Film Dinner on Thursday, tonight BAFTA takes over Kensington Palace for its annual Nominees Party.

It’s a new venue for the event, which has previously been held at Asprey’s in Bond Street. Let’s hope if Prince George is at home, mum and dad have got him safely tucked up in bed – although I do love the thought of little George wanting to party with the nominees.

Tomorrow there’s the official afterparty following the Awards themselves. BAFTAs guests with be taken from the Royal Opera House down to the Grosvenor House Hotel (usually in mini-buses if you’re not one of the glamorous few). There the great and the good of the British film industry, and David Beckham, will be invited to dine on terrine of roasted smoked salmon, Roast sweet potato, red onion and Taleggio tart and iced cacao nib parfait with 90% hacienda chocolate mousse milk purée and kirsch soaked cherries. Sounds lovely!

So not only are the stars given shiny awards, they get to party with a Prince, eat lovely food and generally be feted over by all and sundry. Gosh it must be a hard life!