Robert Osborne to Welcome Oscar’s Guests to the Red Carpet

By The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Beverly Hills, CA — Academy Award® nominees and presenters will be greeted on Oscar's red carpet on Sunday, March 7, by film historian, television host and Hollywood Reporter columnist Robert Osborne. Red carpet guest arrivals are expected to begin at approximately 3 p.m. PT and conclude at the start of the Oscar® telecast at 5 p.m. PT.

“Being on Oscar's red carpet is unlike any other experience,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “Robert is the perfect person to welcome our guests and ease them into a night of spectacular celebration.”

It will be Osborne's fifth stint on the red carpet for the Academy. His red carpet celebrity chats will be audible to the other arriving guests as well as to the bleacher fans on the opposite side of the carpet.

In addition to writing a column for The Hollywood Reporter, Osborne is the primetime host of Turner Classic Movies and a frequent host of Academy public events in New York and Los Angeles. He also is the author of the Academy's “80 Years of the Oscar,” the official history of the Academy Awards®, and hosts Robert Osborne's Classic Film Festival in Athens, Georgia.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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