Oscar voting ends Feb. 19 and hosts for a few key events were named as the Academy Awards near. The show, which airs on ABC Feb. 24, will feature five films over $100 million at the box office, with two more close.
That means this was a award season in which people did go see them films and the race is tight. As the voting ends, and offered online for the first time, the 5,856 voting members will have cast their ballot in the 24 categories handed out that night.
In other hosting news, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that “The Oscars Red Carpet Live” will take place on Oscar Sunday, in front of the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Kristin Chenoweth, Entertainment Weekly Managing Editor Jess Cagle and “Good Morning America” anchor Lara Spencer will be hosting the official Oscar® pre-show, ”The Oscars Red Carpet Live.”
The announcement was made via a series of tweets. It also noted that anchor Robin Roberts will be making a special appearance. The talent talent line up for Backstage Pass, on Oscar.com and the official Oscars app, were also announced. “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd, TV's Cameron Mathison, “Modern Family’s” Rico Rodriquez, Entertainment Weekly’s Jess Cagle, and PEOPLE’s Peter Castro will be on hand. The Backstage Pass will also debut a multimedia Red Carpet Digital Lounge anchored by Radio Disney’s Jake Whetter, POPSUGAR’s Allison McNamara and Mashable’s Brian Anthony Hernandaz.
“The Backstage Pass is an extension of the things we all love about watching the Oscars – it’s our way of inviting fans into the celebration, and the hosts are their eyes and ears,” said Karin Gilford, senior vice president of Digital Media, ABC Television Network. When it comes to covering the event, not only being a fan helps, so does knowing the craft. “I couldn’t be happier with this group. Each brings with them a great depth of knowledge, and also a passion and enthusiasm for the Oscars that I know fans will respond to.”
The bleacher assignment have been made as well. After receiving 20,000 submission, 700 people will be in the seats cheering their favorite celebrities. The Oscar Fan Experience guests will head across the street for an exclusive viewing party at the El Capitan Theatre. That is right next to "Jimmy Kimmel Live." PEOPLE teamed with the Oscars for this.
"We are thrilled to be a part of this year's Oscar Fan Experience," said Karen Kovacs, publisher, PEOPLE. "We know that like our PEOPLE readers, Oscar fans love to see their favorite stars on the biggest night in Hollywood. We are extremely excited to play a part in giving 700 people a chance to experience film's magical night in person." The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.