By Esther Rubio-Sheffrey
San Diego Gay and Lesbian News
LOS ANGELES – Look for a fresh new look at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre.
The Oscars will be televised live on ABC at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT, and broadcast in more than 200 countries worldwide.
The new look starts with the co-hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway, who represent Hollywood's youth movement.
"James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons— fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27," said Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer, telecast producers. "We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that."
Franco, who currently can be seen in "127 Hours," will be making his second appearance on an Oscar telecast. His other film credits include "Eat, Pray, Love," "Date Night," "Milk" and "Pineapple Express." Franco is also known for his portrayals of Harry Osborn in the "Spider-Man" trilogy.
Hathaway will be making her fifth appearance on an Academy Awards telecast. She was recently seen in "Alice in Wonderland" and currently can be seen in "Love and Other Drugs." Hathaway's other film credits include "Bride Wars," "Becoming Jane," "The Devil Wears Prada" and "The Princess Diaries." She was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for her lead performance in "Rachel Getting Married."
Presenters and performers will include previous winners as well nominees such as Annette Bening, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Cate Blanchett , Russell Brand , Josh Brolin, Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hanks, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Matthew McConaughey, Helen Mirren and Hillary Swank.
For many movie fans, the Oscar tradition begins hours before the ceremony when the stars walk the red carpet showing off the latest fashion trends. Many networks will have cover the red carpet, but this year ABC is giving fans a chance to ask the questions during its “Oscars Red Carpet Live” program.
Send your questions to Oscar guests
Movie fans, your opportunity to ask Oscar nominees and presenters a question on the red carpet has arrived.
“Oscars Red Carpet Live” is a 90-minute show that will provide viewers with an expanded red carpet experience featuring interviews with nominees, presenters and guests as well as behind the scenes glimpses into the Oscars.
It will air on ABC at 1 pm ET/4 pm PT, immediately preceding the Oscar telecast.
Movie fans from around the world can submit questions via Twitter (@TheAcademy) and Facebook (/TheAcademy) for possible inclusion in the “Oscars Red Carpet Live” show. Facebook fans can post questions to the Academy’s fan page Wall. On Twitter, fans are encouraged to submit questions using the celebrity name with hash tags #ask #Oscars.
Questions will be posed to Oscar nominees and other celebrities by “Oscars Red Carpet Live” co-hosts Robin Roberts, Tim Gunn, Krista Smith and Maria Menounos.
Fan questions, answers and photos will also be posted throughout Oscar Night® on Oscar.com, the Academy’s Twitter feed and Facebook page.
Oscar Party Kit for Hosting Viewing Party
Everything you need to host a winning Oscar party is available online courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
The Oscar Party Kit includes online exclusives, such as downloadable Oscar Ballots and Oscar Bingo cards, as well as video demonstrations for easy-to-make-at-home appetizer recipes such as deviled eggs with caviar, and chili orange kettle corn.
No Oscar party would be complete without specialty cocktails, and the Academy does not disappoint. The cocktail video demonstration includes recipes provided by Moët & Chandon, the exclusive champagne of the Oscars.
Make Moet’s Silver Screen Punch and you and your guests can sip the same punch served at the Governor’s Ball
"Black Swan" "The Fighter" "Inception" "The Kids Are All Right" "The King's Speech" "The Social Network" "Toy Story 3" "True Grit" "Winter's Bone" "127 Hours"
Silver Screen Punch
1 (6 ounce) can pink lemonade concentrate, partially thawed
8 ounces pineapple juice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1 cup vodka
1 bottle Moët & Chandon
1 pineapple, cut into rings and frozen
In a blender, combine pink lemonade concentrate, pineapple juice, strawberries, and ginger.
Blend until smooth. Pour into a punch bowl. Add vodka and stir to combine.
Just before serving, pour in Moet. Add frozen pineapple rings
Oscar Night America
Also on Sunday, charities in 50 cities will host official Oscar viewing parties during the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony as part of Oscar Night America (ONA), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' grassroots outreach program.
Sanctioned charities across the country will host celebratory viewing parties on Oscar Night with proceeds directly benefiting the charities. All parties will feature the live broadcast of the Awards presentation; many will integrate Hollywood-style party elements, including red carpet arrivals, local celebrities, “paparazzi” photographers, predict-the-winner contests and live entertainment.
To set these parties apart from the thousands of other events taking place on Oscar Night, each ONA party receives from the Academy copies of the official commemorative poster and the official Oscar show program.
Only one charity party in a given media market may participate in ONA. Events are entirely produced by local nonprofit organizations, with the active participation of the local ABC-TV affiliate station.
Last year 51 charities hosted viewing parties for the 82nd Academy Awards with a record 17,497 guests in attendance nationwide. More than $3 million was raised, all of it remaining in local communities.
Since its inception in 1994, the program has generated nearly $30 million in funding for a wide spectrum of charitable organizations – every cent staying within the community where it was raised.
ONA parties taking place in California, or donating to a charitable cause of particular interest to the LGBT community:
Baltimore’s ONA party will benefit the AIDS Interfaith Residential Services. RSVP (410) 576-5070x13
The ONA party in the city of Hartford will benefit the Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition. RSVP (800) 761-6699 x313
MEND, the Meet Each Need with Dignity charity will be the beneficiary of the Los Angeles OPA party. RSVP (818) 817-4218.
Sacramento’s OPA party will benefit the Capital City AIDS Fund. RSVP (916) 448-1110
The California Film Institute will be the beneficiary of San Francisco’s OPA party. RSVP (415) 526-5828
Full list of Oscar nominations
Actor in a Leading RoleJavier Bardem in “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”
James Franco in “127 Hours”
Actor in a Supporting RoleChristian Bale in “The Fighter”
John Hawkes in “Winter's Bone”
Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush in “The King's Speech”
Actress in a Leading RoleAnnette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter's Bone”
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”
Actress in a Supporting RoleAmy Adams in “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech”
Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”
Animated Feature Film“How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
“The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich
Art Direction“Alice in Wonderland” Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O'Hara
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
“Inception” Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
“The King's Speech” Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
“True Grit” Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
Cinematography“Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
“Inception” Wally Pfister
“The King's Speech” Danny Cohen
“The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
“True Grit” Roger Deakins
Costume Design“Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
“I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi
“The King's Speech” Jenny Beavan
“The Tempest” Sandy Powell
“True Grit” Mary Zophres
Directing“Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
“The Fighter” David O. Russell
“The King's Speech” Tom Hooper
“The Social Network” David Fincher
“True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Documentary (Feature)“Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D'Cruz
“Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
“Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
“Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
“Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley
Documentary (Short Subject)“Killing in the Name” Jed Rothstein
“Poster Girl” Sara Nesson and Mitchell W. Block
“Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
“Sun Come Up” Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
“The Warriors of Qiugang” Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon
Film Editing“Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum
“The Fighter” Pamela Martin
“The King's Speech” Tariq Anwar
“127 Hours” Jon Harris
“The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
Foreign Language Film“Biutiful” Mexico
“In a Better World” Denmark
“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria
Makeup“Barney's Version” Adrien Morot
“The Way Back” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
“The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
Music (Original Score)“How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
“Inception” Hans Zimmer
“The King's Speech” Alexandre Desplat
“127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
“The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Music (Original Song)“Coming Home” from “Country Strong” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3" Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
Best Picture“Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
“The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
“Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
“The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
“The King's Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
“127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
“The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
“Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
“True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
“Winter's Bone" Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers
Short Film (Animated)“Day & Night” Teddy Newton
“The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
“Let's Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe
“The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
“Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois
Short Film (Live Action)“The Confession” Tanel Toom
“The Crush” Michael Creagh
“God of Love” Luke Matheny
“Na Wewe” Ivan Goldschmidt
“Wish 143” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite
Sound Editing“Inception” Richard King
“Toy Story 3” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
“Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
“True Grit” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
“Unstoppable” Mark P. Stoeckinger
Sound Mixing“Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
“The King's Speech” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
“Salt” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
“The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
“True Grit” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
Visual Effects“Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
“Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojansky and Joe Farrell
“Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
“Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)“127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
“The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
“Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
“True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Winter's Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini
Writing (Original Screenplay)“Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
“The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
“Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
“The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
“The King's Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler