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DiCaprio, Clooney and Bob Dylan confirmed for the Critics’ Choice – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Dustin Hoffman, Sir Ben Kingsley and more have been announced as presenters at Thursday night’s 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which are being held at the Hollywood Palladium and televised live on VH1.

The star-studded affair, thrown annually by the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association, already announced that it will honor Sean Penn with the group’s Joel Siegel Award (by Clooney), and that Martin Scorsese will receive the Music+Film Award.

Presenting to Scorsese will be DiCaprio and Olivia Harrelson, as Scorsese is being nominated for his George Harrison documentary at the event. Also, as part of Scorsese’s presentation, the BFCA has secured a live performance by the icon, Bob Dylan.

The BFCA also revealed an array of presenters for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards including Vin Diesel, Kirsten Dunst, Donald Glover, Mindy Kaling, Ben Kingsley, Diane Kruger, Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Olsen, Patton Oswalt, Paul Rudd, Maya Rudolph, Jason Segel and Owen Wilson.

Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel host this year’s event, which will be televised on VH1 on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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