Saturday, February 14, 2009

ABS-CBN's Charo Santos-Concio will attend the Oscars

ABS-CBN president and chief operating officer, Charo Santos-Concio, has been invited by the executives of ABC – Disney to attend the 81st Academy Awards ceremony at the Kodak Theatre on February 23 (Manila time).

A self-confessed movie buff, the Kapamilya network's top executive said attending the Oscars is a dream come true. Santos-Concio said she is thrilled to grace the prestigious occasion.

She added that she is looking forward to be in the company of the most distinguished filmmakers and esteemed actors from all over the world.

ABS-CBN, Velvet Skycable Channel 53 and Studio 23 are the exclusive live carriers of the awards.

The much anticipated awards ceremony, which will be hosted by actor Hugh Jackman, will be telecast live on Channel 2 on February 23 at 9:45 a.m.

The complete coverage will be shown on Velvet Skycable Channel 53, starting with a live telecast from 7 a.m and extending to the main awarding ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

To give more Oscar fans the chance to catch the show, there will be a primetime encore telecast on Velvet on the same day at 6 p.m. A replay of the complete coverage will be aired on February 28 at 3:30 p.m.

Studio 23, meanwhile, will carry the first primetime telecast on free to air television on February 24 at 7 p.m.

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.” The film grabbed 13 nominations including best motion picture of the year.

Also, Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” is going head-to-head with other Hollywood blockbusters for the coveted best motion picture award.

Big stars including Angelina Jolie, Bradd Pitt, Sean Penn, Penelope Cruz, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Mickey Rourke and Anne Hathaway are expected to grace the red carpet and the main awards ceremony.


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