COUNTDOWN TO THE OSCARS: Stick with M&C as we bring you there!

In four days, on Sunday, February 25, 2007, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hold the biggest movie fest on Earth, the Academy Awards® – and Monsters and Critics will be there!

Yes, this year we will bring you front row reporting as the winners “meet the press” for the first time after being handed their Oscar® statuettes.

As well, we will be among the first to bring you all the Red Carpet action.

And this year, you can win authentic Academy Award prizes from M&C:

Predict winners in the following categories and win an Academy Award Program presented only to those that attend the Awards and an official Acaemy Awards Poster:

In an email, tell us who will be named:

Best Picture
Actor in a Supporting Role
Actress in a Supporting Role
Foreign Language Film
Best Animated Feature

You will find the nominees and some interesting facts here:

Send your email, with your name and email address to: here

All email must be received (dated) by 6 pm (pacific) 9 pm (eastern) time on Sunday, Feb 25th (or equivelent international time zones) 

One person will be selected from all correct entries to receive the Oscar program.
Value: priceless (winner must sign an agreement NOT to sell the Program by electronic means or otherwise – programs in the past have been numbered and like the Oscars, are not allowed to be resold)

Latest Oscar news

Music Director Named

William Ross will be at the Oscar® podium as conductor for the 79th Academy Awards.
This will be the first time that Ross has conducted the Academy Awards Orchestra.

Ross is a prolific, award-winning composer and arranger whose work has spanned feature films, television and the recording industry. He recently composed music for the motion picture “September Dawn.” Ross has composed music for other films such as “The Game of Their Lives,” “Ladder 49,” “Tuck Everlasting” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

Final Oscar® Ballots Due Tuesday, Feb 20 by 5 p.m.

Voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences must return their completed final Oscar ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20.

Ballots received after the 5 p.m. deadline will not be counted.

Final ballots, 5,830 of them, were mailed to voting members of the Academy on Wednesday, January 31.

Once PricewaterhouseCoopers has tabulated the votes, the winners’ names will be placed in sealed, foil-lined envelopes.

Brad Oltmanns and Rick Rosas, the lead balloting partners, will be the only two people to know the results prior to the envelopes being opened on Oscar Night®, Sunday, February 25.

“Meet the Oscars, New York” 

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Fifty Oscars, two statuettes that belonged to Hollywood legends, and one statuette for the public to hold are on display at “Meet the Oscars, New York” at Times Square Studios in New York City. A specially constructed display has been created to allow visitors at the Academy’s “Meet the Oscars” exhibition to pick up and be photographed holding an actual Oscar statuette, pictured here. The exhibition will remain open through Oscar® Saturday, February 24.

Abigail Breslin presents

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Abigail Breslin will be a presenter for the 79th Academy Awards®. Academy Awards.” This will be her first time presenting. Abigail is nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her role in ‘Little Miss sunshine.’

“Meet the Oscars, Los Angeles,” 

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Dan Kosmayer at the opening of the exhibition “Meet the Oscars, Los Angeles,” which showcases fifty Oscars, four statuettes that belonged to a Hollywood legend, two Testimonial Awards and one statuette for the public to hold (pictured). “Meet the Oscars” is free and open to the public, located on the third level of the Hollywood & Highland Center®. The exhibition will remain open through Saturday, February 24. The Oscars® will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST), beginning with a half-hour red carpet arrivals segment, “The Road to the Oscars.”

Jack Black to make Oscar® show appearance

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Jack Black photo copyright © A.M.P.A.S.

Actor Jack Black will make his second appearance as an Oscar show presenter at the 79th Academy Awards®, producer Laura Ziskin announced February 19.

Black was recently seen in “The Holiday” and “Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny” and will be seen next in “Margot at the Wedding.” His other film credits include “Nacho Libre,” “King Kong,” “School of Rock,” and “Shallow Hal.”

Black will join fellow actors Ben Affleck, Cate Blanchett, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kirsten Dunst, Will Ferrell, Eva Green, Tom Hanks, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Tobey Maguire, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, Rachel Weisz, Kate Winslet and Reese Witherspoon as presenters.

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