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Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson

Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson

The Oscars will have a mix of hot new actors like Jessica Chastain and Kristen Stewart, as well as legendary old-school movie icons presenting the gold statuettes.

Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman have just been announced as presenters. Nicholson, who we haven’t seen much of lately, and Dustin Hoffman, whose directing debut, Quartet,” has already racked up $8 million since January, are pros at this Oscar stuff.

Nicholson has been nominated 12 times and won Oscars for his leading performances in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “As Good as It Gets” (1997). In 1983 he won the Oscar for supporting actor in “Terms of Endearment.”

Hoffman, who has been nominated seven times for Oscars, won for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979) and “Rain Man” (1988).

Several years ago, I ran into Hoffman at a photography exhibition of a friend of his during Oscar week, and I asked if he had any Oscar predictions. “Yes, I am not going to win anything,” the two-time Oscar winner told me.

As for Oscar parties, “I try to avoid them all,” Mr. Hoffman said. He added back then that his Oscar plans were low key. “We’re staying home,” he said, introducing his wife Lisa. “I get dressed up in a tuxedo and I have earphones plugged into the TV. Then I turn the sound off and have a few friends over, and I hold a card and announce all the winners. ”

This year, he will be holding up a card and announcing winners — not in his living room but on the stage of the Dolby Theater, and his legions of fans couldn’t be happier.

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