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Sky brings the Oscars LIVE to the UK (and Google is in on the act, too)


By Noel Young, Correspondent

February 23, 2013 | 3 min read

The Oscars ceremony on Sunday will be broadcast live to night owl British film fans on a new dedicated Sky Movies channel, right up to 4 a.m.

Oscars live in the UK

And Google is also getting into the act, with a destination site for the Oscars,, which is live now.

Sky Movies Oscars will air the 85th Academy Awards ceremony live from Los Angeles as it happens at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood .

Launched on February 11 , the channel has been showing award-winning films 24 hours a day in the run-up to the big bash.

Sunday's show will be hosted by Family Guy star Seth MacFarlane, who is expected to be somewhat controversial.

One thing live UK viewers will not get is the American ad content, which many in our industry will miss. "I believe we will be showing our own ads," said a Sky spokesperson.

As part of the Sky coverage, Alex Zane will be joined in the London studio by a panel of celebrity guests and film experts to share their predictions and reaction, the Daily Mirror reported.

A pre-ceremony show, Oscars 2013: Red Carpet Live, will bring all the excitement from the red carpet right into viewers’ homes.

Director of Sky Movies Ian Lewis said: “We are thrilled once more to give our customers an exclusive front row seat to the 2013 Oscars”.

The Oscars 2013: Red Carpet Live will air from 11.30pm on Sky Living / HD and Sky Movies Oscars / HD. The actual Oscars will air live exclusively on Sky Movies Oscars / HD from 1.30am until 4am.

A UK Google spokesman said, "For the first time, we've worked with the Academy Awards to launch a destination site for the Oscars,

"The site is live now, and will serve as a one stop shop for Oscars-related resources, highlighted through Google products."

The Google blog post is at:


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