How Jessica Chastain Along With Halle Berry Replaced Will Smith As The 2023 Oscars Presenter

Jessica Chastain

Two best actress winners joined forces to present both lead-performer winners Michelle Yeoh and Brendan Fraser with their awards. It’s a longtime Academy Awards tradition to have the lead actors from the previous year present the next best-actress winner with her trophy, and vice versa.

Jessica Chastain and Helle Berry began their two-award presentation by giving the best actor to The Whale’s Brendan Fraser. Then it was directly on to the category that Smith might otherwise have presented. But for Oacars 2023, there was a problem: Smith, who won last year for King Richard, was banned from the show for a decade after slapping Chris Rock onstage over a joke he made about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Jessica Chastain Recalls Her Time Winning The Award Last Year

Jessica Chastain, who won best actress last year for The Eyes Of Tammy Face, was never in doubt as the presenter of the new best-actor trophy. The telecast repeatedly has its presenters deliver two awards back-to-back, which allowed a way to have her present both Academy Awards for lead performed by pairing her with Halle Berry, who won best actress in 2020 for Monster’s Ball. 

Jessica Chastain continued sharing what a major moment it is for her to be taking on this taking on the task with Berry. Taking about her look her followers went wild for her gorgeous loo with one responding ‘ stunning before and stunning after’. The moment called to mind the effort over a decade ago to enlist five previous winners in the best actress categories to present not just an award to the winner but pay tribute to all of the nominees. It was a long lavish effort, particularly by modern Oscar standards and it was delightful.