OSN will broadcast Oscars live at same time as US

OSN to broadcast the Oscars live with 7 hours of red carpet and bonus footage included
Actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the ceremony.
Actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the ceremony.



LIVE: Monday 23rd Feb, 5:30am (UAE) on OSN Movies Festival HD
REPEAT: Monday 23rd Feb, 9pm (UAE) on OSN Movies Festival HD

With the Oscars just around the corner, viewers can see all the action, live at the same time that it airs in the US, exclusively on OSN, the MENA pay-TV network has announced.

As the home of blockbuster movies and series, OSN will broadcast the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on OSN Movies Festival HD, on February 23, 2015. It will be the first time that a broadcaster has provided such comprehensive coverage of the ceremony.

More than seven hours of live broadcasting, including red-carpet arrivals, the red-carpet walk and the awards ceremony, will be included. In addition, OSN will also host the massively popular Live from the Red Carpet, with Giuliana Rancic, on E!.

OSN Movies Festival HD has also screened past Oscar nominated and winning titles, every night in the run-up the event. Titles included blockbuster releases like Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, to name a few.

Khulud Abu Homos, OSN’s executive vice president for programming and creative services said: “This year’s Academy Awards show is guaranteed to be a night of high-wire tension after a year of blockbuster movies in 2014. Critics are likely to be left guessing until the very last moment on who will pick up the coveted best picture award, as epic movie successes like Boyhood, Birdman and American Sniper battle it out. We at OSN are excited to be the region’s first network to bring such a spectacular event to our viewers live and exclusive.”

In the running for the award for ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ is Steve Carell for his role as John E. du Pont, in the American biographical drama Foxcatcher. The film is based on the tragic events surrounding multimillionaire wrestling enthusiast, Du Pont, in his efforts to train a team for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Foxcatcher will be screened on OSN Movies Box Office HD from 20th February. Also hoping to clinch the same award are Bradley Cooper in American Sniper, Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game and Michael Keaton in Birdman. Other nominated movies currently available on OSN include Whiplash, The Judge and Gone Girl, to name a few.

The 87th Academy Awards: Live will air Monday 23rd February, 2015 at 5:30am (UAE) on OSN Movies Festival HD (channel no. 13). The Oscars show will be repeated on Monday 23rd February at 9pm (UAE) on the same channel.

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