As reports go, this one is pretty juicy. Jennifer Aniston might be a presenter at the Oscars, showing up on the night when her ex-husband Brad Pitt is nominated for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and her “uncool” arch-nemesis Angelina Jolie is nominated for Changeling. Star magazine’s report is filled with assumptions, but I still think the basic premise – that Aniston has been invited to be an Oscar presenter – might have merit.
Aniston had a big hit with Marley & Me, and she’ll be out promoting ensemble-comedy He’s Just Not That Into You beginning in mid-February. Typically, Oscar presenters are rewarded because they’ve had a big year, or a particularly good movie, or have a movie just about to come out. One could make the argument that the dog is the biggest star of Marley & Me, and perhaps the Oscar producers should invite one of the stunt dogs on too. But that might open the door for Beverly Hills Chihuahua instead:
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are nominated for Oscars, but it’s Jennifer Aniston who may steal the show.
According to sources, Jen has been asked to present at the Oscars, which is Brad and Angie’s big night as they’re both nominees (for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Changeling). Not only was Jen in the hugely grossing Marley & Me, but she also has to promote her next film, the star-studded He’s Just Not That Into You.
“She was a good girl and pulled back during the Golden Globes even though she had the hottest movie out,” says a friend. Now with HJNTIY coming out Feb. 6, which is expected to be a huge hit, she’ll be even more red hot on Oscar night, Feb. 22.
“The movie will likely still be near the top of the box office,” says the friend. “Jen will own the night. Brad and Angie might be nominated, but Los Angeles is Jen’s town.”
And if that weren’t enough to steal the spotlight from Brangie, Jen also plans to bring an extra-special publicity-grabbing accessory: her boyfriend John Mayer. In fact, it was he who encouraged her to accept the offer to present, according to an insider close to John.
“You’ve got to go,” John told Jen. “Why do you hide in this town? You have every reason to be there. By presenting at the Oscars, you’ll tell the world: ‘I don’t care about Brad and Angie. I belong here, too.’ Jen is taking back ownership of her life. She’s gotta move on from this Brad and Angie thing. This is the perfect time, and I’ll be there to protect her.”
John also hinted to his friend, “Trust me, even if Brad and Angie both win Oscars, that won’t be the story of the night.”
So then what will be? Maybe Jen will debut her engagement ring. As Star has reported John plans to propose on Feb. 11 — Jen’s 40th birthday. When John’s friend asked if his girl will be wearing the ring, John laughed and replied, “There will be a big story coming out of the Oscars that night — and it won’t be about the winners.”
From Star Magazine
Ugh, that Star article is an insult to all involved. First, by making such a big deal about Aniston maybe being an Oscar presenter to show up Brangelina, that are basically saying that Aniston still makes major decisions based on her four-year old divorce. Which may be true, but in which case a supposed insult to Brangelina has backfired. And I’m still not buying that Aniston and John Mayer are engaged or are about to get engaged – I think he’s “just not into” settling down, period.
I’m also not buying that Aniston would bring John Mayer as her date, if she is presenting. Truly, that boy doesn’t photograph well, and the comparative optics would backfire on Aniston too. Aniston and John Mayer versus Brangelina and their lead role Oscar nominations? Despite what I think of Aniston, she is very conscious of and astute about her image, and showing up with Mayer wouldn’t be the best move.
Jennifer Aniston is shown outside The Late Show on 12/17/08. Credit: Fame