Global Gossip 04.11.2009

BATD ON Nov 04, 2009 AT 11:08 am

Steve Martin

Steve Martin

The Oscars are arguably the highlight in any star’s social calendar with all the Hollywood heavyweights showing up for the occasion, and having Brad Pitt stare at you while Demi Moore listens intently must be pretty nerve wracking. We recently reported that our very own fave funny man Ricky Gervais is to present the Globes, so they will have to have someone pretty special for the Academy Awards. Now we hear the search is over and Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will do the honours. When talking about the announcement Steve joked: “I am happy to co-host the Oscars with my enemy Alec Baldwin.”

Steve – who has presented the show twice before – earned an Emmy Award nomination for his first turn in 2001, but this will be the first time ‘30 Rock’ star Alec has taken on hosting duties. Referring to Steve’s musical abilities, Alec joked: “I don’t play the banjo but I’m thrilled to be hosting the Oscars - it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Among the actors expected to receive nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards, which take place on March 7, are Meryl Streep for ‘Julie and Julia’, Christoph Waltz for ‘Inglourious Basterds’ and George Clooney for ‘Up In The Air’. Critically acclaimed drama ‘Precious’ – starring singer Mariah Carey – is widely-tipped to receive the nod for Best Picture. Will you be tuning in?

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