HOLLYWOOD (RushPRnews) 02/11/09–Tim Gunn, Robin Roberts and Jess Cagle will host the official 30-minute red carpet show â€œOscarâ€™s Red Carpet 2009,â€ executive producer Robert Morton announced today. This will be the first time they have hosted for the OscarÂ® pre-show, which airs beginning at 5 p.m. on the ABC Television Network, immediately prior to the 81st Academy AwardsÂ® presentation.
Gunn, who is chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. and well known for his co-hosting of the EmmyÂ® nominated program â€œProject Runway,â€ will interview celebrities and comment on red carpet fashions during guest arrivals. In addition to hosting â€œProject Runway,â€ he is also starring in the second season of his own show â€œTim Gunnâ€™s Guide to Style,â€ based on his book â€œTim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style.â€
Roberts is a â€œGood Morning Americaâ€ anchor who has traveled from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to the Persian Gulf covering a wide array of topics. Prior to joining â€œGood Morning America,â€ Roberts was a commentator and contributor to ESPN, where she covered the LPGA, NCAA womenâ€™s basketball and the WNBA. The highly regarded anchor and journalist will interview nominees as they make their way to the Kodak Theatre on Oscar NightÂ®.
Cagle is the managing editor of Entertainment Weekly and the former executive editor of People. He is a regular contributor to CBS News and appears frequently on a number of shows such as â€œTodayâ€ and â€œ20/20.â€ Cagle brings his extensive knowledge of film and Hollywood history to his stint as an Oscar pre-show host.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland CenterÂ®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
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