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Diverse selection of Oscar presenters announced

The Academy Awards has unveiled a distinctly diverse selection of presenters and performers for the February 28 Oscars, including Kevin Hart, Benicio del Toro and Whoopi Goldberg.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Thursday announced the names of 11 people taking part in the show. The make-up of presenters this year has been keenly watched after a handful of black entertainers vowed they wouldn't attend the ceremony, including Will Smith and Spike Lee.

Other presenters are: Ryan Gosling, Tina Fey, Charlize Theron, Pharrell Williams and Jacob Tremblay, the young star of Room.

Also announced were three performers: Lady Gaga, the Weeknd and Sam Smith. All are among the best song nominees.

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