Serena Williams, ‘outsiders’ will present at Oscars
Serena Williams, who has as much impact off the tennis court as on it these days, is headed to Hollywood next. Or, at least, to a celebration of Hollywood.
The world-renowned athlete, who recently appeared in a Super Bowl commercial, will be one of eight non-actors to present at the Oscars on Sunday, the New York Times reported.
Williams, 37, will introduce “A Star is Born,” while seven other celebrities will each take on one of “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “Roma” and “Vice.”
“Along with inclusion, which we definitely want to embrace, the big theme of the show is about movies connecting us – not in this theater but in a big, sweeping, cultural way,” Donna Gigliotti, the lead producer of the Academy Awards, told the New York Times.
The ceremony will go without a host for the first time in 30 years after Kevin Hart stepped down following backlash for homophobic tweets that resurfaced online.