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Oscars show to be available in its entirety

by jmaloni

Press release

Mon, Feb 25th 2013 09:40 am
85th Academy Awards telecast: Accepting the Oscar in the category Best motion picture of the year for `Argo` is Ben Affleck, Grant Heslov, and George Clooney during The Oscars. The show aired live on the ABC Television broadcast from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 24. (photo by Matt Brown/©A.M.P.A.S.)
85th Academy Awards telecast: Accepting the Oscar in the category Best motion picture of the year for "Argo" is Ben Affleck, Grant Heslov, and George Clooney during The Oscars. The show aired live on the ABC Television broadcast from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 24. (photo by Matt Brown/©A.M.P.A.S.)

Watch via ABC's full episode player, Hulu and Hulu Plus for a limited time beginning Monday, Feb. 25; full show also available via ABC On Demand

For the first time, viewers in the U.S. will be able to stream Sunday's Oscars show in its entirety across multiple platforms, including ABC.com, the ABC Player app, and the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service. The show will also be available via ABC On Demand, the network's fast forward-disabled VOD service.

The Oscars, in its entirety, is available to stream through Wednesday, Feb. 27, at midnight EST.

"Tonight's show included remarkable performances that will surely have people talking. This is an easy, convenient way for anyone who missed the show to catch up and join the conversation," said Karin Gilford, senior vice president of digital media, ABC Entertainment, on Sunday. "It's also perfect for anyone who just wants to relive the most magical moments of the night."

"Our goal is to give fans as many ways to enjoy and engage with the Oscars as possible and this will provide another great opportunity for them," said Christina Kounelias, the Academy's chief marketing officer.

The full streaming will be advertiser supported with :15 or :30 video spots running intermittently from Blue Diamond, Diet Coke, Hyundai, JC Penney, Samsung and The University of Phoenix.

Additionally, during the telecast, Oscar.com offered a plethora of "Real Time Oscar Highlights" to viewers almost instantly after they debuted on the live broadcast. Those special moments from telecast as well as numerous highlights from the red carpet and backstage during the show, are currently available on the show's official site, www.Oscar.com.

Oscar.com and the official Oscars app went to great lengths to engage fans, giving them unparalleled access to all things "Oscar Sunday." As part of the "Backstage Pass," there were almost 20 exclusive live cameras strategically placed on the red carpet, and throughout the backstage are of the Dolby Theatre. Fans could either sit back and enjoy the action in "Watch" mode, or control the cameras they wanted to see in "Direct" mode. Hosts and correspondents included "The View's" Sherri Shepherd, television personality Cameron Mathison, "Modern Family's" Rico Rodriquez, Entertainment Weekly's Jess Cagle, and People magazine's Peter Castro. For the first time this year, Backstage Pass included the Red Carpet Digital Lounge, where Radio Disney's Jake Whetter, POPSUGAR's Alison McNamara and Mashable's Brian Hernandez reported on the most buzzed about trends on social media using multimedia monitors run from Samsung Galaxy tablets and smartphones.

Hosted by Seth MacFarlane, the Oscar telecast included:

  • "A Celebration of Movie Musicals": Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls") and Catherine Zeta-Jones ("Chicago") joined this year's Oscar nominees from "Les Miserables": Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway along with co-stars Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks and Helena Bonham Carter

  • A very special performance from Barbra Streisand

  • Norah Jones performing "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from the motion picture "Ted"

  • Adele singing the Oscar-nominated theme song from "Skyfall"

  • Appearances by: Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Garner, Kristen Stewart, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Aniston, Michael Douglas, Jamie Foxx, Paul Rudd, Salma Hayek Pinault, Melissa McCarthy, Liam Neeson, John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Wahlberg, Ted and "Marvel's The Avengers" cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; "Chicago" cast members Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones; special guests Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron; and performers including Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit and Helena Bonham, Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.

>>Click here for a full list of winners: http://oscar.go.com/nominees.

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