— Actress Elizabeth Banks will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 20, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Banks will present 15 awards to 45 individual recipients during the evening.
Banks’s upcoming roles will be in the feature film “The Next Three Days” directed by Paul Haggis, opposite Russell Crowe, and in “The Details,” with Tobey Maguire and Laura Linney. Banks’s credits include roles in “Definitely, Maybe,” “W.,” “The 40 Year-Old Virgin,” “Seabiscuit,” “Catch Me If You Can” and the “Spider-Man” trilogy of films.
Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
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