Mahershala Ali, Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis and Laura Dern are among the first stars confirmed as presenters for the March 4 Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles.

Also expected to take the stage at the awards gala are Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Holland, Kumail Nanjiani, Margot Robbie, Emma Stone and Daniela Vega.

"Whether returning to the Oscars stage or gracing it for the first time, each of these artists bring their own distinguishing and energetic appeal," ABC telecast producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd said in a joint statement Friday. "Their contributions will make for an unforgettable evening."

Jimmy Kimmel is to host the event -- which honors excellence in film -- for a second, consecutive year.

By Karen Butler,

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