Get out the champers.
The Nine Network is giving us what we’ve always wanted: the Academy Awards LIVE to air.
Next February Nine will air the Oscars at 12 noon live from Hollywood, following a Red Carpet special.
It is the first time in history the ceremony will screen live in Australia. Previously movie fans have had to wait until the evening version, including trying their darndest not to hear any spoilers.
Nine will also screen the event in primetime later that night, possibly in a shortened, packaged version (to be confirmed).
Nine Programmer Michael Healy, said: “We are thrilled to bring the Oscars live from Hollywood to all Australian viewers, giving audiences the opportunity of seeing their favourite stars collect their Awards as it actually happens.”
Pay TV channels have previously been airing live award ceremonies as they happen including the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards and the Tonys.
Start organising your February RDO!
The Nine Network today announced that for the first time in Australian television history, the 81st
Academy Awards® will screen live on free-to-air television in 2009.
Viewers will have the chance to watch all the glitz and glamour of the 81st Academy Awards® from the Kodak Theatre live on Channel Nine on Monday, February 23, 2009.
Nine’s live coverage will commence with all the excitement of the red carpet arrivals at Hollywood’s night of nights, followed by a live broadcast of the official ceremony from 12.00pm noon.
As per tradition, the Academy Awards® will also screen on Nine in prime time that evening.
Nine Network Director of Programming, Michael Healy, said: “We are thrilled to bring the Oscars live from Hollywood to all Australian viewers, giving audiences the opportunity of seeing their favourite stars collect their Awards as it actually happens.”
The 81st Academy Awards®: LIVE on Channel Nine, Monday, February 23, 2009