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BC-US--Oscar Spot News,ADVISORY, US

February 21, 2015

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The 87th annual Academy Awards will be presented Sunday in 24 categories at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles from 8:30p to about midnight EST, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and televised live on ABC. The AP plans extensive coverage across all formats of Hollywood’s biggest night. Here’s the latest...


— BC-US--OSCARS. Mainbar by film writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr. A “laydown” setting up the evening’s running coverage will move by about 11 a.m. It will be updated at around 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. with arrivals color, and then throughout the 8:30 p.m. to midnight ceremony with winners and show color. 900 words, photos, video.

A wrapup writethru of the mainbar should move quickly after the show concludes around midnight, with one or two additional WTs adding quotes and context. A new approach to the mainbar will move by 4 a.m., offering more analytical treatment. 900 words, photos, video.

The following separates are also planned:

— BC-US_OSCARS-(Category Name Here). Separately slugged NewsNows independent of the mainbar chain will be filed for all major categories, including best picture, the four acting categories, director, animated feature, foreign language, documentary feature and original song. These separates will be filed immediately after winners are announced and most will be updated with winner quotes from onstage and backstage, as well as context and background where needed. NOTE: NewsAlerts will precede the NewsNows for best picture, the four acting categories, director, animated feature and foreign language. About 200-300 words each, photos.

— BC-US--OSCARS-SHOW BITS. A continuous feed of lively briefs and quotes by the AP’s Oscar reporting team from a variety of perspectives, including the red carpet, onstage, backstage, pressroom, audience, after-parties and the social networks. Will run from about 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. From 50-250 words, photos.

— BC-US--OSCARS-SHOW BITS-PACKAGE. An assembly of the above Bits in reverse chronological order moving about every 30 minutes throughout the evening. AP photos.

— BC-US--OSCARS-LIST. A running list of winners in order of significance, updated every three to five awards throughout the show. 200 words, photos.

— BC-US--OSCARS-FASHION. By Leanne Italie. Who’s wearing whom on the red carpet and does it work? First version should be filed by 8p, followed by more analytical writethrus. 600 words, photos.

— BC-US--OSCARS-TV REVIEW. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. A critical appraisal of the Oscar broadcast moving soon after the conclusion of the show. 600 words, photos.

— BC-US--OSCARS-DIVERSITY. By Lynn Elber. The glaring lack of diversity in this year’s acting nominations sparked immediate outrage worldwide and the conversation is likely to continue on Sunday. From the red carpet to the after-parties, we’ll be ready to report what develops. (Story tentative, depending on what happens.)

— BC-US_OSCARS-XXXXXX. Spontaneous separates as warranted.


— BC-US--OSCARS-xxxxx. A story on merits about what folks are talking abo on the morning after the show. Will there be another selfie moment? AP photos.

— BC-US--OSCARS-TV RATINGS. By Television Writer Dave Bauder. Will the Oscar show continue its rebound from the ratings depths of a few years ago? AP photos.

Contact: West Coast Entertainment Editor Steve Loeper at 213-952-1250, 213-346-3135 or sloeper@ap.org.

PHOTOS (Invision)

Show Coverage (all times EST):

Invision will have a team of photographers covering the Academy Awards from all angles, including the red carpet, press room, the Oscar ceremony, backstage, Governors Ball, Elton John party and Vanity Fair party. Arrival photos will begin moving at about 5:30p.

Contact: Invision Director of Operations and Production, Ali Kaufman, 323-286-9677.


Show Coverage (all times EST):

AP Video will cover the red carpet arrivals live from 530-730p at http://new.livestream.com/aplive/oscars2015.

Broadcast customers will receive first arrivals and fashion at 745p via the Global Video Wire (GVW), followed by additional edits in the regularly scheduled Entertainment Late Americas bulletin at 9p and an additional Flash bulletin at 10p. Show highlights from the ABC telecast will feed from 11-1130p. Backstage reaction from winners will feed at 1245a. The Entertainment Asia bulletin at 2a will contain complete backstage reaction and arrivals at the Governors Ball. The Entertainment Europe bulletin at 8a will include arrivals at the Vanity Fair after party. Customers receiving files via Mediaport or Video Hub can expect delivery close to those times. Online video customers will receive at least two natural sound edits from the red carpet by 10p, then a wrap of the night’s big story lines by 1a. Backstage and party wraps will follow by 8a.

Contact: Rob Merrill, entertainment video manager, rmerrill@ap.org, 917-692-5323.


Show Coverage (all times EST):

AP Broadcast Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel and correspondent Warren Levinson will be broadcasting live from the Oscars throughout the evening. Gabriel will be interviewing the winners as they come backstage and will file tape to AP Radio affiliates. After the show, Gabriel will provide Oscars coverage in the AM Prep-Segue script for AP Broadcast Wire members. Both Gabriel and Levinson will also produce radio pieces for morning drive.

Contact: AP BNC 1-800-243-3375.


A pre-Oscar interactive looking at Oscar diversity and a graphic illustrating the migration of movie production through the years moved mid-week.

Contact: Multimedia, 212-621-7216.


AP will tweet Oscar updates and results from the @AP and @APEntertainment Twitter accounts, and will post related content to the AP Facebook and Google Plus pages. AP journalists on the scene will also be tweeting about the Academy Awards via their individual accounts, including Lindsey Bahr, @ldbahr; Sandy Cohen, @APSandy; Beth Harris, @bethharrisap, and Derrik J. Lang, @derrikjlang.

Contact: Social Media Editor Eric Carvin at ecarvin@ap.org or 212-621-7871.

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