Nine to screen Oscars live to air

By David Knox on December 4, 2008 / Filed Under News 31

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!

Press Release:
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


  1. Julie February 24, 2009 at 6:05 pm -

    Last night I got only 4 hours sleep but thought it would be worth it to be able to see Robert Pattinson on stage at the Oscars. I wanted to scream when I realised they’d cut it!!!! Channel 9 have no idea what they are doing, he was invited to boost ratings and some idiot at that network chose to cut it!!! Arrgghhh!!!!

  2. Emma February 24, 2009 at 1:44 pm -

    I can’t believe they cut out soo many segments. I was lucky enough to see it during the day but i do feel sorry for all those die-hard Twilight fans who would have stayed up to see Rob Pattinson…and they cut it!!! I agree with Lucy – thank god for Youtube!!!

  3. Lucy February 24, 2009 at 12:31 pm -

    I can’t believe those dills at 9 edited out 1) the gorgeous Robert Pattison presenting an award, 2) the brilliant Tina Fey & Steve Martin presenting & 3) Ben Stiller’s hilarious mocking of Joaquin Phoenix.

    They would have been the highlights for me….thank god for YouTube given 9 clearly have no clue.

  4. Julie February 24, 2009 at 10:50 am -

    Well that is very nice for Channel Nine but if you work during the day and can’t see it live, what are you left with? Well if you watched the Oscars during Prime time, I’ll tell you what you are left with.. A 3 hour award ceremony with at least 1 hour of the proceedings hacked out of it and a commercial package almost every 3 minutes. Channel Nine may think they one favour with their viewers by broadcasting live but they then treated the rest of their viewing audience that watched in the evening with complete contempt. I am so glad I have cable and if I had known Channel Nine were going to make such a hatchet job of the evening broadcast I would have arranged to watch the live version on Movie Extra!!! Never again Channel Nine!!!

  5. Jo February 24, 2009 at 10:43 am -

    Why the hell would they cut the night-time telecast of the Oscars down. They left out so much! I was working all day yesterday, and wasn’t able to watch them then. I was really looking foward to seeing it last night and then they left out like, 9 awards or something and heaps of segments.

    So effing slack, Australia. Shamed.

  6. Fiona February 24, 2009 at 1:29 am -

    I stayed up with my daughter til 12.15 am so she could see Robert Pattinson present at the oscars. What a disappointment! Don’t they realise how popular he is and that he was a major drawcard for audiences? I knew they had to trim it by 30 min but I thought surely the editor would know enough to leave that segment in.
    PS Hugh was wonderful!

  7. crystal February 22, 2009 at 7:17 pm -

    i am sooooo happy that the oscars are going to share this tinseltown event live to all aussies!! the only thing im not happy about is the lack of advertising of when the oscars were on … it had to take me to find this website to know wat was going on!!

  8. Sarah February 22, 2009 at 9:26 am -

    Yay!!!!! I can finally see Meryl Streep Live!!!!!!

  9. Ree February 19, 2009 at 9:43 pm -

    I’ll be watching it – well, I’ll tape it because I won’t be home. I’m usually not into these award things but with great entertainment this year apparently – Beyonce, Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman hosting, and not to mention Robert Pattinson believed to be presenting an award – I will make sure I catch it.

  10. Noodles January 28, 2009 at 9:39 am -

    Wow, congrats, finally to an australian free to air channel for moving to the 21st century.

    Not that nine does many clever things, but you’d think this one would be a no brainer.

    We’re a globalized world, sadly something many australian media and businesses would love to stop us from enjoying.

  11. ken December 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm -

    Now, who really gives a **** whether it is aired in HD or not? I mean, big friggin deal if it is or isn’t- at least it is being aired LIVE for the first time.

  12. Andrew B December 5, 2008 at 3:32 pm -

    Glad I work from home as well! About time. Ridiculous having to wait and be in media and internet blackout for 8 hours or so waiting for PrimeTime. Best news my wife has heard all day!

  13. avoidz December 5, 2008 at 3:16 pm -

    Who cares if this isn’t in HD? PQ is the least of the problems on free-to-air TV at the moment.

  14. Zambora December 5, 2008 at 2:56 pm -

    Craig, tell us more.
    Is it cardboard cutout Richard Wilkins or ditzy Dickie ?

  15. Craig December 5, 2008 at 11:21 am -

    Dr Rudi – there’s no way Nine could show a live, unedited Red Carpet segment featuring Richard Wilkins. I’ve had the pleasure (?) of seeing his unedited work come straight off the satelitte in previous Oscars!!

  16. Dr Rudi December 5, 2008 at 9:41 am -

    Promise me we’ll get a proper Red Carpet show, not Richard Wilkins – please.

  17. Grinspoon December 5, 2008 at 2:00 am -

    I hate how when they air these award shows on aussie tv that they always edit out awards. Also they never have any logic to what they remove. Last academy awards they edited out major categories, including best international picture.
    Last emmys there was no logic, some awards shown with no shows airing on aussie tv, where as categories with several were not.

  18. Zambora December 5, 2008 at 12:02 am -

    Oscars live to air – wow.
    what next – sport live to air !!

  19. msd December 4, 2008 at 9:53 pm -

    No, not pay TV, there are usually events in Oz but it involves getting a satellite feed from the US. NW magazine did a lunchtime one this year. I think they just invited sponsors and celebrities. Not plebs like us. :) Not sure how this will rate but showing it delayed ffects viewer numbers so they might as well do it if they can.

  20. Craig December 4, 2008 at 9:29 pm -

    Good thing I work from home now.

  21. Harry December 4, 2008 at 8:18 pm -

    I want Grammys, not Oscars! I will watch it for sure though.. cant wait!

  22. newtaste December 4, 2008 at 7:47 pm -

    It will have to end by 4:00pm or else Nine may have to cut it off?? The PG zone ends at 4:00pm.

  23. Craig December 4, 2008 at 7:20 pm -

    long overdue move but thanks anyway Channel 9..ill be perched on the couch at Midday on that day with a cheap bottle of plonk ready to go!

  24. Kuttsywood December 4, 2008 at 6:43 pm -

    I think we know when 9’s SD is launching…

  25. Craig December 4, 2008 at 6:24 pm -

    Didn’t Channel Seven show them live back in the late 60s??? I seem to recall sneaking home from school at lunchtime to watch them!

  26. Johnson December 4, 2008 at 5:19 pm -

    That’s very good news! The Oscars have been shown live in my hometown of Hong Kong for more than a decade on local English-language station TVB Pearl (and replayed at night). However, every second year or so, only the first two hours of the ceremony were (and still are) able to be shown live to air because Pearl must show primary and secondary education programs at noon. TVB has been persuading the local Education Department to relax the rule so it can show the Oscars live in full, to no avail.

  27. pietro December 4, 2008 at 4:59 pm -

    No mention of HD? They still don’t take it seriously.

  28. David Knox December 4, 2008 at 4:53 pm -

    No, Rose…

  29. Rose December 4, 2008 at 4:44 pm -

    Fox 8 or Arena already shows it live doesnt it?? So i guess it doesnt really matter. But yeah, good for Nine :)

  30. knoxoverstreet December 4, 2008 at 4:35 pm -

    I’ll probably still watch them in prime time and avoid the news as usual!

  31. Jerome December 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm -

    from memory the ratings for this in primetime were dissapointing. so i guess everyone wins here.

    will it be replayed in primetime.

    i hope the emmys are not at midnight again this year on ten

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