OSCAR.COM, YOUR OFFICIAL GUIDE FOR THE 81st ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS

This week Oscar.com, the official guide to the 81st Academy Awards, debuts daily coverage leading up to the Oscar ceremony with “Road to the Oscars.” Hosted by Chris Harrison, the original web series consists of nine episodes, with a new show premiering every day through Monday, Feb. 23.

Harrison, host of ABC’s popular romance series “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” will take movie lovers behind the scenes of all the pre-Oscar events and festivities taking place in the week leading up to the biggest movie event of the year. The web series will also feature exclusive interviews and behind the scenes footage as Hollywood gets ready to celebrate 81 years of great film-making. Fashion trends and breaking news will also be included in each daily show.

On the night of the Awards, Oscar.com will offer “backstage” video content featuring an insider’s view of Hollywood’s biggest night with the Thank You Cam – offering winners an extended opportunity to thank their supporters immediately after they’ve left the stage; Backstage Cam – capturing sound bites, backstage action, short interviews and behind-the-scenes footage; and Press Room Cam – featuring moments of winners in the press area.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by ABC. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide

About the Academy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities, the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

About Oscar.com
Oscar.com, the official site of the Academy Awards, is a joint production of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Disney/ABC Television Group’s digital media team. Oscar.com provides movie fans with exclusive Oscar coverage, featuring nominee biographies, style and fashion news, and original video commentary.

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