Academy Awards

Seth MacFarlane pokes fun at The Matrix in a new promo for the upcoming Oscars ceremony.

The Family Guy creator gets a little confused with The Matrix’s red and blue pills.

Seth MacFarlane has been selected as the host of the 85th Annual Academy Awards.

The man behind Family Guy will host the ceremony for the first time on Sunday, February 24, 2013,

MacFarlane said: “It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars.

“My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don’t find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast.” Continue reading »

The 84th Annual Academy Awards proved once again its status as one of television’s premiere broadcasts when 6.1 million viewers watched THE OSCARS® last night on CTV.

Marking his ninth time as host, Billy Crystal drove more younger viewers to the just over three-hour broadcast, up 8% among A18-34, while total viewers remained steady compared to last year (6.11 million).

THE 84th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS becomes the second-most watched broadcast of the year, following SUPER BOWL XLVI (7.3 million, CTV), and the #1 entertainment broadcast of the season.

· In all, more than one in two viewers (54.1%) watching television last night in English Canada were watching the OSCARS on CTV.

· Overall, the broadcast attracted 14.1 million unique viewers, peaking at an incredible 7.03 million viewers at 10 p.m. as the legendary Christopher Plummer graciously accepted his OSCAR® for Best Supporting Actor.

· The broadcast attracted 2.7 million A18-49 viewers and 2.6 million A25-54 viewers, and had double-digit ratings in all key markets with total viewers and A25-54, including a 25.2 Rating in Toronto (A25-54).

Kicking off OSCAR night was Canada’s official red carpet show CTV AT THE OSCARS at 6 p.m., which grew 24% compared to last year to 1.1 million viewers on CTV. With the coveted second position on the carpet, CTV had the red carpet covered with ETALK’s Ben Mulroney on the ground and Leah Miller and ELLE magazine creative director Joe Zee reporting on all the arrivals and fashion hits and misses from the balcony. Not only did Mulroney get George Clooney laughing, but he also chatted with numerous nominees and presenters including Canadians Christopher Plummer and Philippe Falardeau, Jean Dujardin, Michelle Williams, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Nick Nolte, Bérénice Bejo, Jessica Chastain, Demián Bichir, Gary Oldman, Kristen Wiig and Tina Fey. CTV AT THE OSCARS is available on demand at OSCARS.CTV.CA, where viewers can relive all the arrivals and fashion choices.

The red carpet coverage continued on CTV at 8 p.m. with 2.5 million viewers watching OSCARS RED CARPET LIVE, up 11% from last year. Hsted by Robin Roberts, Tim Gunn, Louise Roe, Jess Cagle and Nina Garcia, they chatted with all the A-list stars and took viewers into the Hollywood and Highland Centre® prior to the awards.

With 323,000 viewers watching LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET: THE 2012 ACADEMY AWARDS, E! became the #1 non-sports specialty channel last night among all key adult and female demos (5:30-8:30 p.m.). Featuring E! host Ryan Seacrest’s run-in with Sacha Baron Cohen, who appeared in character from his upcoming movie The Dictator, LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET reached more than 1.1 million unique viewers. Combined, E!’s Sunday night Oscar coverage (COUNTDOWN TO THE RED CARPET, LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET, RED CARPET ROUNDUP, CTV AT THE OSCARS, E! AFTER PARTY) reached nearly two million unique viewers overall.

Lainey’s Live Blog from inside the press room at the Hollywood & Highland Center on OSCARS.CTV.CA had movie and fashion lovers generating nearly 33,000 page views and enjoying behind-the-scenes insight during the Awards.

ETALK has a full OSCAR recap tonight at 7 p.m. ET on CTV, including all the red carpet highlights and an exclusive reaction from E!’s Ryan Seacrest immediately following his moment with Cohen. ETALK also has an exclusive interview with Sir Elton John from The 20th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party, where he talks to Tanya Kim about his upcoming role with Fashion Cares. ETALK’s L.A. correspondent Jessi Cruickshank is joined by Joe Zee, as they break down the night’s best and worst fashion choices.

ETALK also talks fashion hits and misses during ETALK FASHION FIX: OSCARS 2012. Hosted by Tanya Kim, the special airs Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 1 p.m. ET on CTV and 1:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two.

E!’s OSCAR red carpet coverage also caps off tonight with style queen Joan Rivers and her hilarious crew of fashion critics on FASHION POLICE at 10 p.m. ET (visit to confirm local broadcast times). Rivers, alongside her outspoken panel of fashion judges Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic, and George Kotsiopoulos, dish on all the red carpet looks from this year’s OSCARS, from every sky-high slit, low-rise neckline and hot coral colour in between.

From winner predictions, the fashion, the parties and of course, the awards themselves, CTV, CTV Two,, and E! are the destinations viewers can turn to for non-stop OSCAR coverage.

CTV announced today its broadcast plans for THE 84th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS, last year’s most-watched entertainment broadcast, airing live Sunday, Feb. 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET exclusively on CTV.

Before the awards kick off, Canada’s official red carpet special CTV AT THE OSCARS airs at 6 p.m. ET on CTV,, and CTV Mobile (visit to confirm local broadcast times).

ETALK anchor Ben Mulroney is joined by Leah Miller for her first OSCAR appearance, as Ben delivers the celebrity interviews and Leah talks red carpet arrivals and celebrity fashion.

CTV AT THE OSCARS is followed by OSCARS RED CARPET LIVE at 7 p.m. ET on CTV Two.

“Whether it’s the fashion, celebrity gossip or the movies themselves that our viewers love – The Academy Awards is a not-to-be-missed television event,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming & Sports. “And kicking it all off Sunday night is ETALK’s Ben Mulroney and Leah Miller, who are coming together for CTV AT THE OSCARS, delivering exceptional red carpet coverage from a truly Canadian perspective.” 

As the only Canadian outlet on the OSCAR red carpet, Canada’s official red carpet show CTV AT THE OSCARS kicks off Sundays festivities. Hosted by ETALK anchor Ben Mulroney positioned on the carpet, he is joined by Leah Miller from an exclusive position on the balcony with a birds-eye view of all the arrivals and red carpet action. ELLE magazine creative director Joe Zee joins Leah on the balcony to dish on all the red carpet fashion.

Always the most social night of the year, fans who want to dissect the dresses, hairdos, cheer for winners and spot loser-faces, the CTV iPad App Social Screen and OSCARS.CTV.CA is where Canadians gather online to revel in the glitz and glamour of THE 84th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS. Film buffs can begin the night with the live-stream of CTV AT THE OSCARS, and can then mingle with fashion expert Glen Baxter, MTV’s Movie Night host Johnny Hockin, and other celebrities from across Bell Media properties on the popular OSCAR night Live Chat. Viewers can also go behind-the-scenes like never before with ETALK’s gossip maven Lainey’s live blog from inside the press room. 


OSCAR Day Coverage (all times ET)


4 p.m. on CTV and CTV Mobile – FASHION TELEVISION



6 p.m. Live chat on the CTV iPad App Social Screen and on OSCARS.CTV.CA throughout red carpet programming, and THE 84th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS

6 p.m. on CTV, and CTV Mobile and 8:30 p.m. on E! – CTV AT THE OSCARS

7 p.m. on CTV Two – OSCARS RED CARPET LIVE hosted by Robin Roberts, Tim Gunn, Louise Roe, Jess Cagle and Nina Garcia

8:30 p.m. on CTV – THE 84th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS hosted by Billy Crystal 

11:30 p.m. on E! – E! AFTER PARTY: THE 2012 ACADEMY AWARDS


Pre-OSCAR Coverage (all times ET)

Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 a.m. on CTV – CANADA AM gets a round-up of celebrity gossip from the queen of gossip, ETALK’s Lainey. 

Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. on CTV and 6 p.m. on E! – ETALK kicks off OSCAR weekend and reporting from the middle of all the action in Los Angeles. 

Friday, Feb. 24 at 6 a.m. on CTV – CANADA AM gets a behind the scenes look at Autodesk, a Canadian special effects company that created the software used by every nominee in the special effects category.

Friday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. on CTV, 1:30 p.m. on CTV Two and 6:30 p.m. on E! – ETALK FASHION FIX: A DECADE AT THE OSCARS looks back at the fashion highs and lows from the last decade of the OSCARS.

Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. on CTV and 6 p.m. on E! – While reporting from Los Angeles, ETALK anchors Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, along with Lainey, weigh in on their favourites to win the golden statue.

Saturday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. on CTV – ETALK PRESENTS: OSCARS 2012 gets viewers prepped for the big night with winner and fashion predictions and a look at what to expect from host Billy Crystal for the big night.


Post-OSCAR Coverage (all times ET)

Monday, Feb. 27 at 6 a.m. on CTV – ETALK’s Ben Mulroney joins CANADA AM live from Los Angeles to recap all the highs and lows from Oscar night.

Monday, Feb. 27 at 9 a.m. on CTV – LIVE! WITH KELLY’S AFTER OSCAR SHOW is broadcast from the Kodak Theatre, and Kelly Ripa is joined by Neil Patrick Harris as they get the low-down about the festivities from the winners and presenters.

Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. on CTV and 6 p.m. on E! – ETALK recaps the most buzzed-about after parties, and the moments viewers didn’t get to see from the red carpet and OSCARS broadcast, and also has an exclusive announcement from the legendary Elton John.

Monday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET on E! – FASHION POLICE: THE 2012 ACADEMY AWARDS is an honest critique of OSCAR night fashion with always outspoken host Joan Rivers

Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 1 p.m. on CTV and 1:30 p.m. on CTV Two – ETALK FASHION FIX: OSCARS 2012 highlights the best and worst dressed celebrities who graced the red carpet.


Handing out OSCAR this year are some of Hollywood’s elite, with Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Michael Douglas, Halle Berry, Bradley Cooper, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Tina Fey, Emma Stone, Chris Rock and Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy all confirmed as presenters. The entire cast of the hit film Bridesmaids – Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, and MIKE & MOLLY’s Melissa McCarthy, who received her first OSCAR nomination this year for the film, will also present together. More than 50 international artists from Cirque du Soleil® will also come together for an exclusive, one-time-only performance event, featuring the largest cast ever assembled for a single act.

Eddie Murphy has quit as host of the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony.

The comedian has followed producer Brett Ratner in leaving the production, with producer Ratner announcing his departure earlier this week.

“First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party’s decision with regard to a change of producers for this year’s Academy Awards ceremony,”Murphy said in a statement. “I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I’m sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job.”

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak said he supported Ratner in his decision to leave.

“I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well,” he said.

Source: TV Squad

Young Hollywood is getting another boost thanks to the Academy Awards producers. Anne Hathaway & James Franco have been tapped to co-host this years show. Anne is a bit nervous as she told Entertainment Tonight: “I found out that I’m one of three women to host since … I think it was 1987. Maybe I’m the fourth, I’m not sure. I’m still learning all the amazing statistics that I almost don’t want to know because it gets a little bit too intimidating.”

Anne is currently starring in “Love and Other Drugs” with Jake Gyllenhaal while James is in the film “127 Hours”.

This won’t be Anne’s first time hosting. Recently she was a gust host on Saturday Night Live.

The show will air live on CTV February 27th from the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Nominations will be announced January 25th where Hathaway and Franco could score a nod.