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José Andrés Will Help Present the Best Picture Nominees at the Oscars

The humanitarian chef is returning to the Academy Awards after attending for the first time last year

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Chef José Andrés will once again grace the (now-hostless) stage at the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24. The chef is among 11 people including Queen Latifah, Serena Williams, and Barbra Streisand who will present the nominees for Best Picture, the Oscars announced today.

This is the second year in row that Andrés will be making an appearance at the ceremony. The humanitarian chef was a surprise guest at the 90th annual Academy Awards in 2018, when he was one of 10 noted activists who stood up during Andra Day and Common’s performance of “Stand Up for Something.” Andrés’s organization World Central Kitchen has been influential in bringing attention and disaster relief to Puerto Rican citizens. He dedicated the Oscars appearance to the people and volunteers in Puerto Rico and even unfurled a Puerto Rican flag on stage.

Since then, Andrés has continued to provide meals to people in need. Last year the outspoken chef helped serve firefighters battling extreme blazes in California and supported federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown with free meals. In November, he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

The Best Picture nominees for 2019 include Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born, and Vice. It’s unclear which one Andrés will be tasked to present. The show airs live at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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