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Wednesday, 31 January, 2001, 12:21 GMT
Lopez to present Oscar
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez performed at the 2000 MTV awards
Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez will present an Oscar at the 73rd Academy Awards ceremony on 25 March.

This is her fourth outing as an Oscar presenter - she most recently presented the best original song award at the 71st Oscars.

Jennifer Lopez with Martin McConaughey
Lopez with Matthew McConaughey at the Golden Globes ceremony

As an actress Lopez, 30, is best known for her role opposite George Clooney in Out of Sight. She is currently appearing in the romantic comedy The Wedding Planner.

Actor and comic Steve Martin will be Master of Ceremonies on the night.

Amongst the films most fancied for an Oscar nomination are Gladiator, Ridley Scott's film about a Roman general who falls from favour and seeks revenge as a gladiator.

Russell Crowe
Gladiator is building up for a big Oscar presence

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Gladiator has already won a best film award at the Golden Globes and has 14 Bafta nominations.

Also in the running are Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe's fictionalised story about his experiences as a teenage rock journalist in the 1970s, which won a Golden Globe for best comedy film.

Also tipped is Ang Lee's critically acclaimed Chinese-language film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which won the Golden Globe for best foreign language film and has 14 Bafta nominations.

The Oscar nominations will be announced on 13 February. The Academy Award ceremony will be held at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles.

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