Date: 1st February 2016

Oscars presenters announced amid diversity row.

The Academy Awards has announced its line-up of presenters and performers for this year's Oscars, as it battles an ongoing row about diversity.

Among those taking part in the ceremony are Benicio del Toro, Whoopi Goldberg and Kevin Hart.

"Each of these artists brings a wonderfully distinctive element to the Oscars stage," said the producers.

The Oscars has been overshadowed by a row about the lack of diversity, with some black stars boycotting the show.

The Academy announced the first slate of presenters for the 88th Oscars telecast in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Other performers and presenters taking part include Tina Fey, Ryan Gosling, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Charlize Theron, Jacob Tremblay, The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams.

"Together they represent the many thrilling ways stories can be shared about the human experience, and we're honoured they will be part of the celebration," Oscars producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said.

Source: Press Release