Tim Gunn, Robin Roberts and Jess Cagle to Host Oscar’s Red Carpet Show

Beverly Hills, CA (February 11, 2009) — Beverly Hills, CA — Tim Gunn, Robin Roberts and Jess Cagle will host the official 30-minute red carpet show “Oscar’s Red Carpet 2009,” executive producer Robert Morton announced today. This will be the first time they have hosted for the Oscar® pre-show, which airs beginning at 5 p.m. on the ABC Television Network, immediately prior to the 81st Academy Awards® presentation.

Gunn, who is chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. and well known for his co-hosting of the Emmy® nominated program “Project Runway,” will interview celebrities and comment on red carpet fashions during guest arrivals. In addition to hosting “Project Runway,” he is also starring in the second season of his own show “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style,” based on his book “Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style.”

Roberts is a “Good Morning America” anchor who has traveled from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to the Persian Gulf covering a wide array of topics. Prior to joining “Good Morning America,” Roberts was a commentator and contributor to ESPN, where she covered the LPGA, NCAA women’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 Night®.

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 “Today” and “20/20.” 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 Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Contact Information

For more information, contact

Toni Thompson
(310) 247-3090
tthompson@oscars.org

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