Charo Santos Concio invited to the 81st Academy Awards
ABS-CBN President & COO Charo Santos Concio feels honored to be invited by the executives of ABC – Disney to attend the 81st Academy Awards ceremony. Venue for this much celebrated event is the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 23 (Manila time). A self-confessed movie buff who has even watched all the entries in the Best Film Category, this Kapamilya network's top executive admits that this is a dream come true and is thrilled to grace the prestigious occasion. More so, she is looking forward to be in the company of the most distinguished filmmakers and esteemed actors from all over the world.
ABS-CBN along with its other channels ---Velvet and Studio 23--- are proud to be the exclusive live carriers of the awards.
The much anticipated awards ceremony to be hosted by Hugh Jackman of X-men and Australia fame will be telecast live at ABS-CBN TV 2 on Monday, February 23, at 9:45 am, while the complete coverage of this major film event will be shown on Velvet Skycable channel 53 also on Monday, February 23, starting with a live telecast from 7 am, extending to the main awarding ceremony at 9:30 am. To give more Oscar fans the chance to catch the show, a primetime encore telecast on Velvet on the same day at 6 pm and a replay of the complete coverage on February 28, Saturday from 3:30 pm onwards will be scheduled. Studio 23, on the other hand, will carry the first primetime telecast on free to air television on Tuesday, February 24 at 7 PM.
The specific programs within the full Oscar Awards coverage on Velvet include The Evening at the Academy Awards, The Arrivals, The Pre-Academy Awards 2009, The 81st Academy Awards and the Evening at the Academy Awards: The Winners.
Leading the pack of elite front-runners in this year's glamorous Oscar derby is Brad Pitt's blockbuster hit, 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' with 13 nominations including Best Motion Picture of the Year. Meanwhile, the underdog British flick directed by Trainspotting helmer Danny Boyle about a slum boy from Mumbai who won twenty million rupees ('Slumdog Millionaire') goes head-to-head with other Hollywood blockbusters for the coveted Best Motion Picture award on top of 9 other nominations.
Hollywood fans will be delighted to know that Oscar awards finalists include the biggest names - Angelina Jolie with husband Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Penelope Cruz, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Mickey Rourke, Anne Hathaway, Marisa Tomei, the whole Indian cast of Slumdog Millionaire and last year's winners Daniel Day Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Javier Bardem and Tilda Swinton. They are all expected to grace the red carpet and the main awards ceremony.
Source:Eric John Salut's Notes