While The Avengers might not have gotten a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards, the Oscars will be recognizing the highest grossing movie of 2012 in another way. Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced that Avengers cast mates Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo will present together on the Oscar stage.
“We are happy to re-unite the ‘Avengers’ cast to present on our show,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “Audiences who enjoyed the year’s biggest box office hit will be excited to see these terrific actors back together again.”
Downey has twice been nominated for an Oscar, for his leading role in “Chaplin” (1992) and for his supporting role in “Tropic Thunder” (2008). Evans, who will be making his first Oscar show appearance, will be seen in the upcoming “The Iceman.” Jackson was nominated in 1994 for his supporting role in “Pulp Fiction.” He can also be seen in this year’s Best Picture nominee “Django Unchained.”
Renner was nominated for his leading role in 2009 Best Picture winner “The Hurt Locker” and for his supporting role in “The Town” (2010). Renner had roles in this year’s “The Bourne Legacy” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (2011). Ruffalo received his first nomination for his supporting role in 2010 Best Picture nominee “The Kids Are All Right.”
No word on if the actors will be appearing in costume or why Thor and Black Widow couldn’t make it. The Academy Awards air on Sunday, February 24, on ABC.