'Wonder Woman' Star Gal Gadot to Present Award at This Year’s Oscars

Israeli previously co-presented award at this year’s Golden Globes, but the Academy Awards will be watched by hundreds of millions worldwide

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Gal Gadot at the 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, January 11, 2018.
Gal Gadot at the 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, January 11, 2018.Credit: Jordan Strauss/AP
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Gal Gadot will go to the Oscars after all. Although “Wonder Woman” was not nominated in any categories in this year’s Academy Awards, it was announced Wednesday that the Israeli star will present an award on Hollywood’s big night.

This year’s event, the Academy Awards’ 90th anniversary, will be held on March 4. Jimmy Kimmel will reprise his role as master of ceremonies aka Trump baiter-in-chief.

Gadot is the first Israeli actor to be invited to present an Oscar since Israeli-American star Natalie Portman gave Jean Dujardin his Best Actor award in 2012.

Although viewing figures for the show are far lower these days than in previous decades, hundreds of millions are still expected to tune in worldwide. Last year’s ceremony attracted some 33 million viewers in the United States alone.

The “Wonder Woman” star also presented an award at this year’s Golden Globes, sharing a stage with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to give Rachel Brosnahan the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Gadot’s fellow presenters will include Mark Hamill, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chadwick Boseman, Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie.

The Oscars gig is Gadot’s second high-profile job of the month. She tweeted on February 6 that she will be appearing in a future episode of “The Simpsons.” She tweeted that she “grew up watching @TheSimpsons and now I get to voice myself in an episode!”

Gadot will also return to the role of Diana Prince this summer when “Wonder Woman 2” – reportedly set during the Cold War – goes into production.

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