Oscars to Screen Only This Afternoon – and Only on Sky
Astonishingly, your only chance to see this year’s Oscars in HD is today, when Sky Movies screens the 83rd annual Academy Awards ceremony live from 2.30pm.
It won’t be repeated on Sky Movies in peak hour and not even Sky’s free-to-air channel, Prime, is providing delayed coverage; the only re-run will be on Sky Movies 2, in SD, from 4.30pm.
The lack of FTA interest in one of the world’s biggest global telecasts would be extraordinary if not for the Oscars’ perennial inability to drew a significant audience here.
Meanwhile, for a sneak peek of how this year’s coverage will differ from previous years, The Hollywood Reporter has published 8 Ways the Oscars are Going to be Radically Different and reports “there will be no Ricky Gervais moments”.
And don’t expect to see them here, but during the US telecast ABC will run promotions of its 20/20 interview with Two and a Half Men’s Charlie Sheen, the star of the HD hit that’s had its 2010/11 season cut short by his outbursts about creator Chuck Lorre.