[02/11/09 - 12:58 PM]
Tim Gunn, Robin Roberts and Jess Cagle to Host Oscars Red Carpet Show
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[via press release from ABC]


Tim Gunn, Robin Roberts and Jess Cagle will host the official 30-minute red carpet show, "The Oscars Red Carpet 2009," Executive Producer Robert Morton announced today. This will be the first time they have hosted for the Oscar� pre-show, which airs beginning at 5:00 p.m., PT on the ABC Television Network, immediately prior to the 81st Academy Awards� presentation.

Gunn, who is chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne Inc., and well known for his co-hosting of the Emmy� nominated program "Project Runway," will interview celebrities and comment on red carpet fashions during guest arrivals. In addition to hosting "Project Runway," he is also starring in the second season of his own show, "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style," based on his book, "Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style."

Roberts is a "Good Morning America" anchor who has traveled from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to the Persian Gulf covering a wide array of topics. Prior to joining "Good Morning America," she was a commentator and contributor to ESPN, where she covered the LPGA, NCAA women's basketball and the WNBA. The highly regarded anchor and journalist will interview nominees as they make their way to the Kodak Theatre on Oscar Night�.

Cagle is the managing editor of Entertainment Weekly and the former executive editor of People. He is a regular contributor to CBS News and appears frequently on such shows as "Today" and "20/20." He brings his extensive knowledge of film and Hollywood history to his stint as an Oscar pre-show host.

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 the ABC Television Network. 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 the 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 other 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.

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· 20/20 (ABC)

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