In a continued obvious attempt to bring a younger audience to the Oscars, the producers of the show have announced that the cast of ‘The Avengers’ will come together and present an Oscar during the telecast.
“We are happy to re-unite the Avengers cast to present on our show,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a press statement released today. “Audiences who enjoyed the year’s biggest box office hit will be excited to see these terrific actors back together again.”
Not all of ‘The Avengers’ will be on stage. Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Chris Hemsworth will not be able to attend, but viewers will get to see Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo present together on the Oscar stage.
This will be the first time Evans will grace the Oscar stage. Downey Jr. has been nominated twice for the coveted gold man statue, one in 1992 for Best Actor in his role in the film ‘Chaplin’ and another in 2008 for Best Supporting Actor in ‘Tropic Thunder.’ Jackson was nominated in 1994 for his supporting role in ‘Pulp Fiction, ‘ while Renner was nominated in 2009 for Best Actor in ‘The Hurt Locker’ and Best Supporting Actor in 2010 for ‘The Town.’ Ruffalo received his first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Role in the 2010 film ‘The Kids are All Right.’
This year Seth MacFarlane will be hosting the event which will no doubt have censors anxiously covering the delay button each time he speaks.
The Oscars is an iconic event, but its ratings have fallen tremendously especially among the younger spectrum demographics. While it will be nice to see the cast of ‘The Avengers’ assemble together to present an Oscar (which at this time is unknown in what category), it will take a lot more than this to get the coveted 18-29 year olds to watch. Very rarely is a genre film nominated for Best Picture (yes, I realize ‘Hugo’ was nominated last year), but if you look at the People’s Choice Awards winners, many came from the sci-fi genre. This fact seems to not resonate with the Academy when it comes to nominations in key categories. Unfortunately, it seems that dramatic films are the ones the Academy tends to lean towards.
Has the addition of ‘The Avengers’ cast make you want to watch the Oscars or do you think this is another attempt of the producers to get more viewers? Let us know what you think in the comments below.