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Freeman returns to podium, hopefuls lunch at BevHilton

Three-time Academy Award nominee Morgan Freeman, next to be seen in “Along Came a Spider,” will make his fourth Oscar appearance during the March 25 Oscar ceremony, producer Gil Cates announced Thursday.

In addition, the 20th annual Academy Awards nominee luncheon will be held Monday at the BevHilton Hotel. Oscar contenders from all 23 categories will be present. In addition to this year’s Oscar hopefuls, producer Dino DeLaurentiis, who will be feted with this year’s Thalberg Award, will attend.

AMPAS also has tapped Michael Shapiro as producer of special segments for the 73rd Academy Awards. This will be his ninth Oscar assignment.

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