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Countdown Grows Near, Hosts Announced on

88th Oscars®, Academy Awards, Wednesday Rehearsals
Preparations continue Wednesday February 24, 2016 for the 88th Oscars® for outstanding film achievements of 2015 which will be presented on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the Dolby® Theatre and televised live by the ABC Television Network.

As the count down to the Oscars grows near, The Academy has announced this year’s “The Oscars® Backstage” on This is an exciting second screen experience for fans watching the show, so they can feel part of this glamorous event.

“The Oscars® Backstage” 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 producers are making sure that the fans will not miss a thing because they are bringing you the best with a live feed of the backstage cameras which will be distributed on, AOL, Comcast Xfinity and Yahoo.

This years, “The Oscars® Backstage” is presented again by Samsung,  This will allow 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®, 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.

This is the breakdown:

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.

Tune in for The 88th Oscars on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The 2016 Oscar presentation will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


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