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Marvel isn't missing a promo trick, nor is the ever-youth-audience-chasing Oscar telecast. "The Avengers" cast members Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo will present on-stage at the Oscars on February 24. Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron stated: "Audiences who enjoyed the year's biggest box office hit will be excited to see these terrific actors back together again." The Oscar producers have nothing to worry about this year, as the Oscar race boasts a plethora of popular hits as well as the best movies in 90 years, according to Harvey Weinstein, speaking well of his competition for a change (perhaps realizing that the odds of winning best picture three years running are not in his favor). Global audiences are sure to bring the best ratings in years. Nonetheless they are stacking the deck with Joss Whedon's "The Avengers," which broke opening weekend box-office records upon. »


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