The official Academy red carpet arrivals show preceding the annual Academy Award® telecast will be expanded this year to a full hour, starting at 4 p.m. PST, 7 p.m. EST, according to Academy President Sid Ganis.

"We're starting the Oscar telecast this year straight up at 5 p.m. on the west coast," Ganis said, "and that gives us an opportunity to expand the pre-show to an hour. Right now we're in the design phase, with Dennis Doty producing."

Doty produced the first official pre-show in 1999 and has produced three additional shows, in 2001, 2003 and 2005.

"We want to make it different from the half-hour shows we've had over the past seven years," Ganis said, "but we won't lose sight of the fact that people want to see the glitz and glamour �" they want to see fashions on the red carpet!

"But an hour also will give us time to acquaint our viewers with some of the films and nominees they may not know so well. There will be terrific little stories to tell here, and we'll use this extra time to tell them."

Doty agreed. "The show has evolved to a full hour and this gives us the opportunity to do it bigger and better," he said. "The heart of this show is all about the stars, the fashion, the emotions and the films. That’s the core of the story we are there to cover. This hour format will give us the ability to provide a greater insight and feeling about the motion pictures and the stars and the filmmakers who have made this all possible."

"It's our show," Ganis added. "We can go where we want to go ... take the cameras into places other lead-up shows don't go."

"Absolutely right!" Doty said. "Our audience will have the best seat in the stands and the best place on the red carpet to experience all of it. And we'll bring in some exciting new elements this year that will give the audience of the official Oscar pre-show an exclusive up-close-and-personal look at all of the excitement of the Oscars®."

The Oscar telecast was moved up half-an-hour so that it would start on the hour, the start time most familiar to viewers. "That will make it easier for viewers to find the show, get tuned in and get settled so they'll be more likely to stick with it," Ganis said. "It also has the additional attraction of guaranteeing that the Oscar telecast will end before midnight on the east coast.

"This change has significant advantages on both ends for us and our viewers."

Brian B.