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February 19, 2015



The 87th annual Academy Awards will be presented Feb. 22 in 24 categories at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles from 8:30p to about midnight EST, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and televised live on ABC. “Birdman” is favored to win Best Picture but don’t write off “Boyhood” just yet. The ceremony will be preceded by an ABC arrivals show, beginning at 7 p.m. EST. Beginning Tuesday, the AP plans extensive coverage across all formats of Hollywood’s biggest night. Here’s more...


Runup Enterprise:

We’re counting down to Sunday’s Academy Awards with a daily series of Oscar-related enterprise stories from around the globe and across all platforms. See customer advisories Tuesday and Thursday for a complete rundown.

Runup Spot Coverage:

The AP is covering a variety of pre-Oscar events this week, including receptions sponsored by the motion picture academy for the animation, foreign film and makeup/hair-styling categories. Other events include studio parties, the Oscar show rehearsals, the Independent Spirit Awards and Razzie Awards on Saturday. Most of these stories will take the “Oscar Watch” slug. All will be accompanied by photos and many with video. See the daily Entertainment Digest for specifics.

Show Coverage (all times EST):


— BC-US--OSCARS. Mainbar by film writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr. A “laydown” setting up the evening’s running coverage will move by about 11 a.m. It will be updated at around 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. with arrivals color, and then throughout the 8:30 p.m. to midnight ceremony with winners and show color. AP photos, AP video.

A wrapup writethru of the mainbar should move quickly after the show concludes around midnight, with one or two additional WTs adding quotes and context. A new approach to the mainbar will move by 4 a.m., offering more analytical treatment.

The following separates are also planned:

— BC-US_OSCARS-(Category Name Here). Separately slugged NewsNows independent of the mainbar chain will be filed for all major categories, including best picture, the four acting categories, director, animated feature, foreign language, documentary feature and original song. These separates will be filed immediately after winners are announced and most will be updated with winner quotes from onstage and backstage, as well as context and background where needed.

— BC-US--OSCARS-SHOW BITS. A continuous feed of lively briefs and quotes by the AP’s Oscar reporting team from a variety of perspectives, including the red carpet, onstage, backstage, pressroom, audience, after-parties and the social networks. Will run from about 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. AP photos.

— BC-US--OSCARS-SHOW BITS-PACKAGE. An assembly of the above Bits in reverse chronological order moving about every 30 minutes throughout the evening. AP photos.

— BC-US--OSCARS-LIST. A running list of winners in order of significance, updated every three to five awards throughout the show. AP photos.

— BC-US--OSCARS-FASHION. By Leanne Italie. Who’s wearing whom on the red carpet and does it work? First version should be filed by 8p, followed by more analytical writethrus. AP photos.

— BC-US--OSCARS-TV REVIEW. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. A critical appraisal of the Oscar broadcast moving soon after the conclusion of the show. AP photos.

— BC-OSCARS-XXXXXX. Spontaneous separates as warranted.


— BC-US--OSCARS-xxxxx. A story on merits about what folks are talking abo on the morning after the show. AP photos.

— BC-US--OSCARS-TV RATINGS. By Television Writer Dave Bauder. Will the Oscar show continue its rebound from the ratings depths of a few years ago? AP photos.

Contact: West Coast Entertainment Editor Steve Loeper at 213-952-1250, 213-346-3135 or sloeper@ap.org.

PHOTOS (Invision)

Runup Coverage:

Photos will cover selected pre-Oscar activities as Hollywood prepares for its big night, including various Academy celebrations for categories such as animated feature, makeup and hairstyling, and Documentaries, plus rehearsals and the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday.

Show Coverage (all times EST):

Invision will have a team of photographers covering the Academy Awards from all angles, including the red carpet, press room, the Oscar ceremony, backstage, Governors Ball, Elton John party and Vanity Fair party. Arrival photos will begin moving at about 5:30p.

Contact: Invision Director of Operations and Production, Ali Kaufman, 323-286-9677.


Runup Coverage:

A series of video reports will be filed throughout Oscar week, several of which will be linkable to the above stories. They’ll cover such subjects as best picture contender “Selma” and “Selma’s” nominated “Glory” songwriter Common; top contender “The Theory of Everything”; Oscar-nominated songwriter Glen Campbell’s struggle with Alzheimer’s; nominated feature directors discussing their filmmaking; acting nominee Michael Keaton of “Bird Man”; documentary nominee “Crisis Hotline”; the rollout of the Oscar red carpet on Hollywood Boulevard; Oscar honorees discussing the meaning of their nominations; nominated “Interstellar” composer Hans Zimmer; Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris; and the producer-director of best picture contender “Whiplash.”

Show Coverage (all times EST):

AP Video will cover the red carpet arrivals live from 530-730p at http://new.livestream.com/aplive/oscars2015.

Broadcast customers will receive first arrivals and fashion at 745p via the Global Video Wire (GVW), followed by additional edits in the regularly scheduled Entertainment Late Americas bulletin at 9p and an additional Flash bulletin at 10p. Show highlights from the ABC telecast will feed from 11-1130p. Backstage reaction from winners will feed at 1245a. The Entertainment Asia bulletin at 2a will contain complete backstage reaction and arrivals at the Governors Ball. The Entertainment Europe bulletin at 8a will include arrivals at the Vanity Fair after party. Customers receiving files via Mediaport or Video Hub can expect delivery close to those times. Online video customers will receive at least two natural sound edits from the red carpet by 10p, then a wrap of the night’s big story lines by 1a. Backstage and party wraps will follow by 8a.

Contact: Rob Merrill, entertainment video manager, rmerrill@ap.org, 917-692-5323.


Show Coverage (all times EST):

AP Broadcast Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel and correspondent Warren Levinson will be broadcasting live from the Oscars throughout the evening. Gabriel will be interviewing the winners as they come backstage and will file tape to AP Radio affiliates. After the show, Gabriel will provide Oscars coverage in the AM Prep-Segue script for AP Broadcast Wire members. Both Gabriel and Levinson will also produce radio pieces for morning drive.

Contact: AP BNC 1-800-243-3375.


We plan a pre-Oscar interactive looking at Oscar diversity and a graphic illustrating the migration of movie production through the years. The pieces will be posted Tuesday and Wednesday.

Contact: Multimedia, 212-621-7216.


AP will tweet Oscar updates and results from the @AP and @APEntertainment Twitter accounts, and will post related content to the AP Facebook and Google Plus pages. AP journalists on the scene will also be tweeting about the Academy Awards via their individual accounts, including Lindsey Bahr, @ ldbahr; Sandy Cohen, @APSandy; Beth Harris, @bethharrisap and Derrik J. Lang, @derrikjlang.

Contact: Social Media Editor Eric Carvin at ecarvin@ap.org or 212-621-7871.

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