The thing about the Oscars is that all it takes is one dazzling moment to make us like the show. Often times, those come courtesy of the presenters. While some actors treat giving an award like a particularly boring job, others actually have some fun with it. Here are the stars confirmed so far for this year's Academy Awards, airing Feb. 26 at 7e/4p on ABC, as well as some that we'd like to see.
Our Favorite Muppets
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy from The Muppets will probably be one of the evening's high points. The resurgence of the classic characters has been the feel-good entertainment story of the year. Kermit and Piggy have appeared at the Oscars before, usually in conjunction with Best Original Song nominations. This time is no different, with Bret McKenzie's "Man or Muppet" up for a trophy.
Queens of Comedy
The female cast of Bridesmaids -- Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, Maya Rudolph and Wendi McLendon-Covey -- will be presenting at the show. McCarthy is the only one up for a statue, but these ladies were probably the funniest people all year, so this should be ribald and envelope-pushing.
Bringing the Funny
Comedy looks like a big push at this year's Oscars, with other presenters including Tina Fey, Bradley Cooper and Chris Rock. Some younger talent is in the mix, including Emma Stone and Melissa Leo. Stone's natural charm lights up every stage she sets foot on, so we expect big things from her.
Top of the Class
There are some big names on the roster as well, with Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie and Penelope Cruz among them, but let's be frank: these guys have presented at so many awards ceremonies that they're probably all out of material. Tom Cruise isn't even the fun kind of crazy anymore. Other presenters include Michael Douglas, Cameron Diaz and Halle Berry. Two of them should look hot in their gowns -- you guess which two.
So those are the named names. Now who do we really want to see up on the big stage handing out a little golden man?
If you really want to get the Internet buzzing, get Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield up there with Emma Stone. At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, Garfield pulled an amazing stunt at the movie's panel where he delivered an impassioned speech about how much the web-slinger meant to him, clad in a hilarious homemade costume. The guy knows how to work a crowd like nobody's business.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was the top-grossing movie of the year, so it's kind of strange to not see any of that film's stars on the list. We've grown up with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, and with the series finally completed it would be good to give it a little Oscar respect.
With The Artist being one of the most lauded movies of the year, how funny would it be for stars Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo to show up on stage and deliver a completely silent presentation before opening an envelope? It's the kind of meta-commentary that awards shows love, and would give these foreign stars a chance to shine.