HOSTS ANNOUNCED FOR "THE OSCARS(R) BACKSTAGE" ON OSCAR.COM
A Live Feed of the Director's Cut to Be Distributed Via
ABC News, AOL, Yahoo and Comcast Xfinity
This year's "The Oscars? Backstage" on Oscar.com, which is the ultimate second-screen experience for fans watching the show, will be hosted by a multi-talented group of TV personalities, including actor/writer/producer Orlando Jones, actress and TV personality Diane Mizota, actor Matt Shively, film critic and entertainment reporter Ben Lyons, and entertainment and sports reporter Chris Connelly. The director's cut from the best of the live backstage cameras will also be available on ABCNews.com, AOL, Comcast Xfinity and Yahoo.
Presented again this year by Samsung, "The Oscars Backstage" allows fans to choose from four channels that will pull from more than 20 live cameras strategically placed on the red carpet and backstage at the Dolby Theatre(R), providing fans with insider views into the most memorable moments of the night. Pre-show channels include Director's Cut, Arrivals, Fashion and Red Carpet. During the show, the channels are Director's Cut (including the popular Thank You cam), Audience, Backstage and Press Rooms.
Jones ("Sleepy Hollow," "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," "MadTV") and Access Hollywood Live's #MyStyleFinds Mizota will host The Director's Cut feeds during both the pre-show and awards telecast. Shively (ABC's "The Real O'Neal's") will report from the fan bleachers on the red carpet with The Players' Tribune Chief Correspondent Ben Lyons reporting from behind the scenes. "Good Morning America" and ESPN contributing editor Chris Connelly is returning as the official greeter of The Oscars red carpet, which includes welcoming nominees, presenters and performers to the show.
The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center(R) in Hollywood and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
On February 29, 2016, "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" will continue its awards season tradition with the fifth edition of "LIVE's After Oscar Show," airing live in national syndication at 9:00 a.m. EST. The top morning talker's annual post-Oscar telecast has become one of its most popular episodes and is broadcast from the magnificent Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. Mere hours after the festivities have wrapped on the same stage, thousands of fans will fill the venue for an action-packed hour celebrating all things Oscar, from the A-list personalities to the incredible fashions, star-studded red carpet and backstage excitement. In the past, Kelly and Michael have welcomed award winners such as Lupita Nyong'o, Octavia Spencer, Christoph Waltz, and the cast of Best Picture winner "The Artist," as well as 2015 Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris.
The annual "Jimmy Kimmel Live: After The Oscars" special will air live on Oscar Sunday, February 28, after the late local news EST/CST and at 10 p.m. PST on the ABC Television Network.