Update: CTV Announces Exclusive Canadian Coverage of The 80th Annual Academy Awards(R)

    Update: The following media release, issued on Monday, February 18, has
    been updated to include the broadcast of The Barbara Walters Special at
    7 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 24. The new copy is as follows:

    -   CTV presents 10 hours of Oscars programming on Oscar(R) Sunday
    -   For the first time ever, Jeanne Beker joins eTalk co-hosts Ben
        Mulroney and Tanya Kim at the Oscars in two-hour eTalk arrivals
        special, live on Star! and The CTV Broadband Network at Oscars.CTV.ca
    -   Presenters include George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Martin Scorsese,
        Denzel Washington, Helen Mirren, Miley Cyrus, Katherine Heigl, Colin
        Farrell and Harrison Ford

    -   Barbara Walters interviews Canadian Ellen Page in The Barbara Walters
    -   CTV's Bravo!FACT Oscar-nominated short film I Met The Walrus gets
        World Television Premiere immediately following the Academy Awards

    TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - Lights! Camera! Oscar(R)! Movie lovers,
celebrity watchers and TV viewers rejoice - the countdown is on for The
80th Annual Academy Awards(R) broadcast on CTV. The network announced today
its full lineup of coverage and programming leading up to the biggest
entertainment event on the planet, including nearly 10 hours of programming on
Oscar Sunday. Hosted for the second time by Jon Stewart, The 80th Annual
Academy Awards airs this Sunday, February 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET exclusively on
CTV and in high definition on CTV HD East/West (visit CTV.ca to confirm local

    "Such a huge shot of celebrity couldn't have come at a better time - this
is the party we've been waiting for," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative,
Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "Canadian viewers will be cheering for
homegrown nominees Ellen Page, Jason Reitman and Sarah Polley. Never before
has Canada delivered nominations in these three major categories at the same
time. And Canadian short films are also on centre stage, including
Bravo!FACT's I Met The Walrus."

    Last year's broadcast of The 79th Annual Academy Awards on CTV peaked at
almost six million viewers and reached 10.6 million Canadians, making it the
Most-Watched Television Program of the Year in Canada.(*) Now, CTV is heading to
Hollywood to provide more comprehensive Oscar coverage than ever before from
its stable of news, entertainment and online properties. It's a year that has
seen 10 Canadians nominated for Academy Awards, including CTV's
Bravo!FACT-funded short film I Met The Walrus. The film, nominated for Best
Animated Short, will have its World Television Premiere on CTV immediately
following the Academy Awards broadcast.

    Once again, eTalk leads CTV's coverage, with Oscars access not found
anywhere else. Starting tonight, eTalk charts the "Road to the Oscars" with
special Oscars programming throughout this week. It all leads up to the
official Canadian Academy Awards red carpet special on Sunday, eTalk at the
Oscars, hosted by Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim with Elaine "Lainey" Lui and, for
the first time ever, Jeanne Beker.

    The FashionTelevision icon joins Mulroney on the only Canadian position
on the Oscars Red Carpet while Tanya Kim and Elaine "Lainey" Lui provide
additional insight into the celeb arrivals from a second exclusive position on
the balcony. Last year, eTalk was awarded with the coveted No. 2 spot on the
carpet, right beside host broadcaster ABC.

    Once again, Barbara Walters returns with her annual special on CTV, which
finds the veteran interviewer dishing with Harrison Ford, Vanessa Williams,
Miley Cyrus and Canada's Ellen Page. Additional Oscar programming is featured
on Star!, FashionTelevisionChannel, MuchMusic and MuchMoreMusic while
Canada AM, CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson, CTV Local News, CTV
Newsnet, CP24 and CTV.ca deliver ongoing Oscars coverage. Finally, special
features can be found at Oscars.CTV.ca Canada's online hub for everything
Oscar-related. For full CTV Oscar programming details, see "The Oscars on
CTV," below.

    (*)(*) Media Note (*)(*) - Download photos for all Academy Awards-related
programming at www.ctvmedia.ca.

    CTV presents nearly 10 hours of Oscars programming on Sunday, February 24
beginning at 2:30 p.m. with six, back-to-back, 30-minute eTalk Oscar specials.
The original programming takes a look at the Oscars from a Canadian
perspective, including a peek at Best Film nominee Juno; its star, Best
Actress nominee Ellen Page; and other Canadian talent competing for a golden
statue this year. eTalk's official red carpet special kicks off the evening's
events at 6:30 p.m. - followed by the annual Barbara Walters Special and the
Oscar's Red Carpet Show - before the main event begins at 8:30 p.m. (all
times ET; visit to CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

    CTV's programming celebrating The 80th Annual Academy Awards includes:

    The Oscars on CTV

    Monday, Feb. 18
    7 p.m. - eTalk Oscar Special: Canada Goes to the Oscars

    Canada Goes to the Oscars is a half-hour special which takes a look at
the Canadian nominees competing at this year's Academy Awards, from Ellen Page
(Juno) and Sarah Polley (Away From Her) to David Cronenberg (Eastern
Promises), Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Madame Tutli-Putli) and Josh
Raskin (I Met the Walrus). (Also airs Friday, Feb. 21 at 9:30 p.m. ET on

    Tuesday, Feb. 19
    7 p.m. - eTalk

    In preparation for its exclusive coverage of The 80th Annual Academy
Awards, eTalk delivers special pre-Oscar coverage leading up to the biggest
night of the year in Hollywood. Tonight, eTalk pays tribute to Sarah Polley
and this year's Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor categories.

    Wednesday, Feb. 20
    7 p.m. - eTalk

    Continuing its coverage leading up to the Awards, eTalk features the Best
Actor category, as well as showcasing the talents of emerging director Jason

    Thursday, Feb. 21
    7 p.m. - eTalk

    Tonight, eTalk showcases the Best Actress nominees. Fashion maven and
Oscars Red Carpet co-host Jeanne Beker offers her insight into how nominee
Ellen Page should prepare for Hollywood's biggest night of the year.

    Friday, Feb. 22
    6 a.m. - Canada AM

    Canada AM gets Oscar-ready when Beverly Thomson and Seamus O'Regan get
the scoop live from Hollywood from eTalk's Ben Mulroney about what viewers can
expect from this years Oscars.

    7 p.m. - eTalk

    The most celebrated night in entertainment is just around the corner and
eTalk's Ben Mulroney, Tanya Kim and Elaine "Lainey" Lui are on location in
Hollywood. eTalk gives viewers an inside look at the Best Picture and Best
Director nominees. Also, highlights from the Grey Goose Pre-Oscar party and
the Canadian Consulate event, and Jeanne Beker lists her favourite Oscar
fashion moments. Lastly, eTalk looks into the Oscar relationship curse.

    Oscar Sunday -  Feb. 24
    2:30 p.m. - eTalk Oscar Special - FashionTelevision Presents: Runway to
    the Oscars

    Without a doubt, fashion and film complement each other, and it's never
more evident than on Oscar night when glamorous screen goddesses parade
stunning couture gowns down the red carpet. But Oscar fashion is about more
than just photo-ops and topping best-dressed lists. Oscar night means BIG
business for all the top fashion houses, and the awards are just as important
to the designers as to they are the entertainment industry. In this half-hour
special, eTalk's Tanya Kim sits down with FashionTelevision's Jeanne Beker for
a look at what's at stake for the designers. (Also airs Friday, Feb. 22 at
8:30 p.m. ET on FashionTelevisionChannel.)

    3 p.m. - eTalk Oscar Special: I Met the Walrus

    I Met the Walrus, a Canadian animated short funded by CTV's Bravo!FACT,
has caught Hollywood by storm. In this half-hour special, eTalk speaks to
producer Jerry Levitan and director/animator Josh Raskin about their current
quest for the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. The I Met the Walrus story
began in May, 1969 when Levitan, a 14-year-old Beatles fan, invited himself
into John Lennon's Toronto hotel room and convinced the Beatles co-founder to
do an interview. Almost 40 years later, Levitan took the audio from that
interview and teamed up with Toronto animator Raskin to create an intricate,
animated visual narrative that accompanies John Lennon's timeless message.
(Also airs Thursday, Feb. 21 at 9:30 p.m. ET on Star!)

    3:30 p.m. - eTalk Oscar Special - Hollywood's It Movie: Juno

    The "little movie that could" conquered Hollywood - and with only a few
bumps along the way! Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best
Picture, Juno is a comedy about growing up and a 16-year-old girl's pregnant
path to enlightenment. Featuring exclusive interviews with Oscar nominees
Ellen Page, director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody, this
half-hour special celebrates the filmmakers and actors who have taken the box
office and Oscar race by storm. (Also airs Saturday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. ET on

    4 p.m. - eTalk Oscar Special: Hollywood's It Girl: Ellen Page

    From Halifax to Hollywood, it's been quite a year for Canadian actress
Ellen Page. Starring in the breakout hit Juno, Page is up for gold in this
year's race for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. This half-hour special
looks at Page's career, highlighting the most memorable moments and featuring
exclusive interviews with cast and crew from the set of Juno. (Also airs
Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 9 p.m. ET on Star!)

    4:30 p.m. - eTalk Oscar Special: Canada Goes to the Oscars

    Canada Goes to the Oscars is a half-hour special which takes a look at
all the Canadian nominees competing at this year's Academy Awards, including
Ellen Page (Juno), Sarah Polley (Away From Her), David Cronenberg (Eastern
Promises), Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Madame Tutli-Putli) and Josh
Raskin (I Met the Walrus).

    5 p.m. - eTalk Oscar Special: Best of the Red Carpet

    It's time for a little Oscar history! Join eTalk's Ben Mulroney, Tanya
Kim, Jully Black, Susie Wall and more for this red carpet affair, as they take
a look at the best moments from the Oscars red carpet. Reminisce about the
glamorous gowns, best entrances, and exceptional interviews with this one-hour
look at the Best of the Red Carpet. (Also airs Sunday, Feb. 17 at 9 p.m. ET on

    6:30 p.m. - eTalk at the Oscars

    From one of the best positions on the Oscars Red Carpet among any
broadcaster in the world, eTalk presents Canada's official Red Carpet
pre-show. From fashion to film, only eTalk's Ben Mulroney, Tanya Kim and
Elaine "Lainey" Lui along with FT's Jeanne Beker are there to share with
Canadians the complete Oscar experience. The foursome have the Oscar red
carpet covered and will go one-on-one with the Hollywood elite and Canadian
favourites vying to bring home Oscar gold. The full, two-hour eTalk at the
Oscars airs live on Star! and The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca beginning at
6 p.m. ET.

    7 p.m. - The Barbara Walters Special

    Academy Award nominee Ellen Page, superstar Harrison Ford, Emmy Award
nominee Vanessa Williams and teen sensation Miley Cyrus sit down with Barbara
Walters for the 27th Annual Oscar edition of The Barbara Walters Special.

    8 p.m. - Oscar's Red Carpet 2008

    Hosted by Regis Philbin, this 30-minute arrivals special interviews Oscar
nominees and presenters just minutes before the big show begins. Joining
Philbin are co-hosts Samantha Harris (Dancing with the Stars) and Shaun
Robinson (Access Hollywood).

    8:30 p.m. - The 80th Annual Academy Awards(R)

    Airing live from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, the main event will
honour the biggest names in Hollywood with the most coveted prize of all - the
Oscar. Hosted by Jon Stewart, presenters include last year's winners Alan
Arkin, Jennifer Hudson, Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker, as well as Amy
Adams, Jessica Alba, Cate Blanchett, Josh Brolin, Steve Carell, George
Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Miley Cyrus, Patrick Dempsey, Cameron Diaz, Colin
Farrell, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Garner, Tom Hanks, Anne Hathaway, Katherine
Heigl, Jonah Hill, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Kidman, James McAvoy, Queen Latifah,
Seth Rogen, Martin Scorsese, Hilary Swank, John Travolta, Denzel Washington
and Renée Zellweger.

    Immediately following the broadcast, CTV presents the World Television
Premiere of the Best Animated Short nominee I Met The Walrus, funded by CTV's

    Monday, Feb. 25
    6 a.m. - Canada AM

    Beverly Thomson and Seamus O'Regan recap highlights from Oscar night with
Ben Mulroney and Jeanne Beker live from Hollywood, including the winners and
losers both on and off the red carpet. Finally, eTalk's Lainey dishes on all
of the Oscar after-party details.

    7 p.m. ET - eTalk

    Only eTalk can bring Canadian viewers exclusive post-awards coverage from
Hollywood, including: red carpet highlights; who won and who was snubbed;
reports from backstage with the winners; celebrations from Elton John's
after-party; and the fashion hits and misses.

    The Oscars on CTV.ca
    Oscars.CTV.ca is Canada's online hub for The 80th Annual Academy Awards.
Leading up to the show, Oscars.CTV.ca will feature trailers of the nominated
movies, a printable 2008 Oscar ballot, predictions from CTV.ca writers, eTalk
exclusive video and red carpet highlights from the past five years, tips on
how to throw an Oscar party and a quiz testing viewers' Oscar knowledge. On
the big night itself, the site will feature clips from the red carpet,
extensive photo galleries and updated video content from the Awards spectacle.

    The Oscars on The CTV Broadband Network

    Sunday, Feb. 24
    6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - eTalk at the Oscars

    Tune in to The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca to catch eTalk's entire
two-hour red carpet arrivals special, live and on demand. Hosts Ben Mulroney,
Tanya Kim, Jeanne Beker and Lainey have Canada's only position on the red
carpet. (Also airs live on Star! beginning at 6 p.m. ET).

    The CTV Broadband Network will also deliver an on-demand backstage pass
to the Oscars with behind-the-scenes clips, interviews with stars and
highlights from post-award show festivities.

    In 2007, The 79th Annual Academy Awards(R) was once again Canada's
most-watched program of the year.(*) Peaking at almost six million viewers, The
79th Annual Academy Awards finished with an average audience of 4.9 million
viewers (2+). In the end, with a reach of 10.6 million viewers, nearly one out
of every three Canadians watched some part of the 3-hour, 50-minute broadcast
on CTV.

    (*) BBM Nielsen Media Research

For further information:

For further information: Renée Dupuis Macht, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4596 or
rdupuismacht@ctv.ca; Emily Young Lee, eTalk & Star!, (416) 591-7400 ext. 3004
or eyounglee@ctv.ca

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