It has been reported that Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster will present the best actress in a leading role award at this year's Oscars, in a break from tradition. 

Variety reports that the Academy-Award winning stars have been chosen to present the top gong following last year's best actor winner Casey Affleck decision not to participate in the ceremony.

As the reigning best actor winner, the Manchester By the Sea star would have traditionally presented the award, but he withdrew as a presenter in January, reportedly to avoid becoming a distraction in a ceremony sure to be dominated by the Time's Up movement.

Affleck's withdrawal came at a time of increased interest in the out-of-court settlements and non-disclosure agreements reached following allegations of inappropriate behaviour by him on the set of the 2010 film I'm Still Here, which he directed. Casey Affleck denied the allegations. The controversy also overshadowed his win at the Oscars. 

The Oscars ceremony takes place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, March 4. 

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