Ian McKellen to Make First Oscar® Show Appearance - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Website.

Beverly Hills, CA - Academy Award®-nominated actor Ian McKellen has been tapped to make his first Oscar show appearance as a presenter at the 74th Academy Awards®, producer Laura Ziskin announced Wednesday.

McKellen is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the legendary wizard Gandalf in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." He was nominated as Best Actor for his performance as film director James Whale in the 1998 film "Gods and Monsters."

McKellen, whose other film credits include "Apt Pupil" and "Richard III," is preparing to step back into the role of Magneto in the "X-Men" sequel.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2001 will be presented on Sunday, March 24, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland® and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST. A half-hour arrival segment will precede the presentation ceremony at 5 p.m.

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