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Video Highlights of The Oscars® will post to
Facebook and directly after they air.  Recently added Social Features
on WATCH ABC Provide Seamless Social Fan Experience

The Oscars Backstage
Hosts This Year Include “Good Morning America’s” Weekend Edition Co-Anchor Paula
Faris, Fusion Host Pedro Andrade, Entertainment and Sports Reporter Chris
Connelly, Yahoo Fashion Correspondent Nick Axelrod and “How To Get Away With
Murder’s” Matt McGorry

The Academy. ABC Entertainment and Facebook are partnering to make this
year’s The Oscars Backstage on WATCH ABC the most “Likeable” ever. Beginning at
7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, the curated “Director’s Cut” feed from the award-winning
The Oscars Backstage – which delivers three channels of live video feeds from
over 20 cameras throughout the Dolby Theater to WATCH ABC for desktop and mobile
devices – will also stream on the ABC Network’s Facebook Page and be part of the
Facebook Trending Oscars experience (,
which gives fans one place to connect in real time as they watch the night

“We’re excited to bring viewers backstage and provide exclusive access to all
those memorable, talked-about Oscar moments – the ones that happen on stage as
well as the stories that play out behind-the-scenes,” said Christina Kounelias,
Chief Marketing Officer, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“We know that a large percentage of people – 70 percent of tablet and
smartphone owners – are on their devices while watching TV,” said Albert Cheng,
EVP and Chief Product Officer, Digital Media, Disney/ABC Television Group. “The
Oscars Backstage on WATCH ABC provides them with an unparalleled social
experience around Hollywood’s biggest night. And thanks to our ongoing
partnerships with MPVDs, including today’s launch of WATCH ABC with DirecTV, and
this year’s arrangement with Facebook, we’re able to deliver it to more people
than ever before.”

On the red carpet, ABC will incorporate exclusive, real-time Facebook data of
the most buzzed about nominees during the pre-show. In addition, fans will be
able to ask questions of their favorite nominees via the “Good Morning America”
Facebook page, with the potential to see their question answered live on the red

Embeddable video clips of the most memorable moments of the awards show –
including all musical performances – will be posted almost immediately after
they air to, with a selection of those also being shared on the
Facebook pages. Additionally, this is the first year that The Oscars and The
Oscars Backstage will stream with the recently launched WATCH ABC features
“Social Lens” and “FastShare,” which provide fans with an even more personalized
social experience.

This year’s The Oscars Backstage hosts and correspondents include:

• “Good Morning America’s” weekend edition co-anchor Paula Faris and Fusion
network host Pedro Andrade will host “The Director Cut” feeds during both the
pre-show and awards telecast.

Faris is the co-anchor of “Good Morning America’s” weekend edition, and
reports across ABC News broadcasts and digital platforms. She joined ABC News in
January 2012 as co-anchor of ABC News’ “World News Now” and “America This

A Brazilian journalist originally from Rio de Janeiro, Andrade is a host of
the Fusion network, which is a multi-platform media company that serves a young,
diverse, and inclusive millennial generation. Fusion delivers a unique mix of
news, pop culture, and satire content that is both smart and irreverent across
its TV and digital platforms ( Prior to Fusion, Andrade anchored
NBC’s weekly luxury lifestyle program “LX.TV 1st Look” for 5 years.

• “Good Morning America” and ESPN contributing editor Chris Connelly is
returning as the official greeter of The Oscars Red Carpet, which includes
welcoming nominees, presenters and performers to the show.

• Actor Matt McGorry will be positioned in the Fan Bleachers on the Red
Carpet.  McGorry stars as Asher Millstone in ABC’s series “How to Get Away with
Murder.” He can also be seen playing the post-military newbie corrections
officer John Bennett in the Netflix original series “Orange is the New

• Nick Axelrod will serve as The Oscars Backstage fashion correspondent.
Axelrod is the creator and regular host of Yahoo Style’s popular celebrity
interview series, “I Yahoo’d Myself.” He is also the Co-Founder and former
Editorial Director of the award-winning beauty website Into The Gloss, which was
nominated for a 2014 Webby award. He has also served as Senior Fashion News
Editor at ELLE, spent three years at Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), and has also
contributed to publications including ELLE Accessories and The Hollywood

• ABC News Correspondent Sara Haines will be contributing to the Backstage
feed. In addition to reporting for “Good Morning America” during the week,
Haines is the Pop News anchor on the weekend edition of “GMA.”

Presented again this year by Samsung Galaxy®, The Oscars Backstage is
designed to be the ultimate complement to the broadcast. All fans on the WATCH
ABC app or can select from three channels that will pull from more than
20 live cameras strategically placed on the Red Carpet and throughout the
backstage areas of the Dolby Theatre, providing fans with insider views into the
most memorable moments of the night. Channels for the pre-show include:
Director’s Cut, Fashion and Red Carpet. During the show, the channels are
Director’s Cut (including the popular Thank You cam), Audience and

In addition to The Oscars Backstage feeds, WATCH ABC users who have verified
with a participating pay TV provider in one of the eight ABC Owned markets –
Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia,
Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco – can also access a live feed of the Oscars
preshow, full awards telecast and “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars” as part
of the regular WATCH ABC service. Live streaming is currently available through
Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, DISH, DirecTV,
Midcontinent Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber and AT&T U-verse,
among others. Once aired, the full Oscars telecast will be available on demand
via WATCH ABC for verified viewers for three days. WATCH ABC can be accessed
from,, or via the WATCH ABC app, which can be downloaded for
free at Google Play and the App Store. Verified viewers then log in using their
cable or satellite subscription username and password.

All WATCH ABC fans can access the new enhanced social features. Social Lens
integrates fan’s personal Facebook and Twitter into the WATCH ABC app so they
can socialize with their friends while they watch The Oscars – all on one
device. FastShare enables fans who are watching on demand to easily access and
share clips of their favorite in-show moments as they are watching.

Video highlights from the telecast and The Oscars Backstage will also be
available as embeddable clips on almost immediately as they air.
Full clips of the show’s musical numbers, including performances from Neil
Patrick Harris, Jennifer Hudson, Anna Kendrick, Tegan and Sara and comedy-music
trio The Lonely Island, Adam Levine, Rita Ora, Tim McGraw, Lady Ga Ga, Common
and John Legend, will be featured in a dedicated “Music Moments” section on that includes in-depth video and photo coverage of past music
winners. is also showcasing nominees in their own words with a
collection of official nominee questionnaires, including submissions from
Julianne Moore, Robert Duvall, Patricia Arquette, Keira Knightley, and John
Legend, among many others. To add to the fun, insanely addicting quizzes will
challenge fans knowledge of this year’s nominees. The hugely popular “My Picks”
interactive ballot is also live. Friends can view and share the ballot on
Facebook, which will update in real time on Oscar night, ensuring that the most
competitive Oscar handicappers are instantly aware of their ranking among

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby
Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised
live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m., ET/4 p.m., PT. The Oscars,
produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than
225 countries and territories worldwide.

On February 23, “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” will continue its awards season
tradition with the fourth edition of “LIVE’s After Oscar® Show,” airing live in
national syndication at 9:00 a.m., ET. The top morning talker’s annual
post-Oscar show has become one of “LIVE’s” most popular episodes, and is
broadcast live from the magnificent Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland
Center®. Mere hours after the festivities have wrapped on the same stage,
thousands of fans will fill the venue for an action-packed hour celebrating all
things Oscar, from the A-list personalities to the incredible fashions,
star-studded red carpet and backstage excitement. In the past, award winners
such as Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer, Christoph Waltz and Lupita Nyong’o have
stopped by to share with the “LIVE” audience their excitement after walking away
with their Oscar statuettes.

The 10th annual “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars” airs Sunday, February
22 at 12:05 a.m., ET after the late local news and at 10:00 p.m., PT on ABC.
Broadcasting from Disney’s El Capitan Theater located on Hollywood Boulevard in
the heart of L.A.’s star-studded Walk of Fame, the studio is just steps away
from Dolby Theater, home to the “Academy Awards.” Kimmel’s previous post-Oscar
specials have featured viral comedy bits and guest appearances by Oprah Winfrey,
Tom Cruise, Kevin Spacey, Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Ben Affleck,
Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Jon Stewart, Morgan
Freeman, Billy Crystal, Martin Scorsese, Chris Hemsworth, Christoph Waltz,
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Gary Oldman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Kingsley, and many more.
Over the past six years, the show’s post-Oscar comedy bits have racked up over
55 million views on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” YouTube channel.

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