24/02/2012 03:38 GMT

Oscars: Colin Firth To Present An Academy Award

Colin Firth is getting his hands on another Oscar this year after he was signed up to present one of the trophies at this year's Academy Awards.

The actor joins other winners from last year including Welsh-born Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Natalie Portman as a presenter at Sunday's event.

Firth carried away the best actor award last year for his performance as King George VI in The King's Speech.

The film dominated the 2011 ceremony with Tom Hooper taking best director while David Seidler took the gong for best original screenplay.

Other presenters who will feature this year include Rose Byrne, Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Michael Douglas and Meryl Streep, who is nominated for best actress for her role in The Iron Lady in which she played former Prime Minister Lady Thatcher.

Other nominees this year include Gary Oldman, who is in the running for best actor for his role as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Silent black and white film The Artist has 10 nominations, including best film, director, actor for French star Jean Dujardin and supporting actress for Berenice Bejo.

Only one film - Hugo, Martin Scorsese's 3D ode to early cinema - has more nominations, but many of its nods are in technical categories.

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