"We're thrilled Viola and Riz have joined our cast. Even though they are nominees, we really felt they needed to be a part of our Oscar ensemble," said show producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher, and Steven Soderbergh.
Riz Ahmed and Viola Davis join The Oscars
Ahmed and Davis will join other cast members Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya.
The show will be bookended by the preshow, Oscars: Into the Spotlight at 6 pm on ABC, and the aftershow Oscars: After Dark, which will premiere right after the awards show ends.
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