BC-US–Oscars Spot News,ADVISORY, US



The 88th annual Academy Awards will be presented in 24 categories at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, from 8:30 p.m. to about midnight EST, hosted by Chris Rock and broadcast live on ABC. (AP’s carpet show runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m., viewable on People.com.)

This year’s ceremony promises to be a supercharged affair, featuring an extraordinary three-way race for best picture between “The Big Short,” ”Spotlight” and “The Revenant,” amid the much-anticipated talk and tension of the academy’s diversity crisis. Beginning Wednesday, the AP plans extensive spot coverage across all formats of Hollywood’s biggest spectacle. Here’s more…


Runup Enterprise:

We’re counting down to Sunday’s Academy Awards with a daily series of Oscar-related feature stories from around the globe and across all platforms. Watch for customer Oscar Enterprise Advisories this week for a complete rundown.

Runup Spot Coverage:

The AP is covering a variety of pre-Oscar events this week, including receptions sponsored by the motion picture academy for nominees in the following categories: feature animation (Wednesday), feature documentary (Wednesday), foreign film (Thursday) and makeup/hair-styling (Saturday). Other events include the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon (Wednesday), a Women in Hollywood dinner (Friday), the Oscar show rehearsals (Friday and Saturday), and the Independent Spirit Awards, Razzie Awards and Ebony black women in Hollywood luncheon (Saturday). Most of these stories (except the latter two) will take the “Oscar Watch” slug. All will be accompanied by photos and many with video. See the daily Entertainment Digest for specifics.

Show Coverage (all times EST):


— 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 noon. It will be updated beginning at around 6 p.m. with arrivals color, and then throughout the 8:30 p.m. to midnight ceremony, offering a top-to-bottom blend of winners, acceptance quotes and show color, including how the host and others address the diversity issue. A wrapup writethru of the mainbar should move quickly after the show concludes around midnight, with one or two additional writethrus adding quotes and context. A new approach to the mainbar will move by 4 a.m., offering more analytical treatment. Up to 950 words, photos, video, interactives.

— BC-US–OSCARS-THE LATEST — We’ll employ The Latest fast-filing format to follow all the action of the 88th annual Oscars, on-camera and off, from arrivals to the Governors Ball, blending key winners and color items throughout the evening. The Latest feed will be updated continually beginning with arrivals at about 5 p.m. by AP reporters located around the Oscars venue, including the red carpet, fan bleachers, audience, backstage, pressroom and Governors Ball. Up to 3,000 words, photos.

The following separates are also planned:

— BC-US–OSCARS-TUNE-OUT — The Rev. Al Sharpton calls for a national “TV tune-out” of the Oscar show at rallies around the country on Sunday to protest the Academy Awards’ lack of diversity, including one demonstration just a few blocks from the Oscar theater. By Entertainment Writer Derrik Lang. 300 words, photos. On merits.

— BC-US–OSCARS-DIVERSITY — A closer look at how the diversity issue played out during the show, led by host Chris Rock, and whether constructive awareness of the issue turned out to be one of the evening’s winners or losers. By National Writer Jocelyn. 400 words by 10 p.m., with updates at 11 p.m. and midnight. Photos.

— BC-US–OSCARS-REVIEW — A review of the show focusing on one of the most anticipated hosting gigs in recent Oscar history as Chris Rock tries to strike a balance between a serious diversity issue and an entertaining awards show. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. About 700 words moving immediately after the show around midnight, photos.

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

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

— BC-US–OSCARS-PARTIES — A roundup of colorful, celeb-driven reports from several of the hottest Oscar after-parties, including the Governors Ball, Elton John and Vanity Fair soirees. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. About 500 words by 5 a.m., with photos.

— BC-US–OSCAR INSIDER — A notebook-style collection of colorful behind-the-scenes bits from Oscar night – stuff you won’t see on TV. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. About 500 words by 4 a.m., with photos.

— BC-US–OSCARS-(SPONTANEOUS SEPARATES) — As determined by events and on merits.

We’ll also offer 200-300-word separates during the show on the winner in the following Oscar categories. Each will expand on the quick treatment given the winner in The Latest, providing acceptance and perhaps later backstage quotes, as well as added context and background as needed:

— BC-US–OSCARS-ANIMATION — Pixar’s “Inside Out” is the favored nominee. By Ryan Nakashima. With photos.

— BC-US–OSCARS-FOREIGN FILM — France’s “Mustang” and Hungary’s “Son of Saul” are the top contenders. By Film Writer Lindsey. With photos.

— BC-US–OSCARS-DOCUMENTARY — The Amy Winehouse doc “Amy” is the favored nominee. By Ryan Nakashima. With photos.

— BC-US–OSCARS-ORIGINAL SONG — Lady Gaga and Diane Warren are expected to win for “Til It Happens To You.” On merits. By Beth Harris. With photos.

— BC-US–OSCARS-(ACTING CATEGORY) — On merits, 250-wordish separates on the supporting and leading actor winners by Entertainment Writer Lynn and the supporting and leading actress winners by Beth Harris. With phots and video.


— BC-US–OSCARS-(KEYWORD) — A possible story on merits about what folks are talking about on the morning after the show. About 600 words, photos, video.

— BC-US–OSCARS-TV RATINGS — Will the controversy and boycott talk surrounding this year’s Oscar show hinder the ratings or spark curiosity and added interest in a show whose ratings have been lagging of late. By Television Writer David Bauder. About 300 words, photos.

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


Show Coverage (all times EST):

AP Video will cover the red carpet arrivals live from 530-730p (2230-0030 GMT), and the Governors Ball arrivals live from 11:30p-1:30am (0430-0630 GMT) with live feed available from AP Video Hub.

Broadcast customers will receive setup and scene video on the regularly scheduled 4 p.m. (2100 GMT) bulletin with first arrivals video including fashion and interviews on the regularly scheduled 8 p.m. (0100 GMT) bulletin. Customers receiving files via Mediaport or Video Hub can expect delivery of arrivals and fashion edits beginning at 6 p.m. (2300 GMT). Show highlights from the telecast will be delivered via Mediaport and Video Hub by 11:45 p.m. (0445 GMT) and will be on the regularly scheduled 2 a.m. (0700 GMT) bulletin. Backstage reaction from winners will be delivered via Mediaport and Video Hub starting at 10:30 p.m. (0330 GMT) and will be on the 2 a.m. bulletin. Reaction from the Governors Ball will be fed via Mediaport and Video Hub starting at 12:30 a.m. and will be on the 2 a.m. bulletin. Coverage of the Vanity Fair party will be on Mediaport and Video Hub by 3 a.m. (0800 GMT) and will be on the regularly scheduled 5 a.m. (1300 GMT) bulletin. Online video customers will receive at least two natural sound edits from the red carpet by 9 p.m., then a wrap of the night’s big story lines by 1 a.m. Backstage and party wraps will follow by 8 a.m.

Contact: Ryan Pearson, entertainment video manager, rpearson@ap.org, 310-430-4979


OSCARS — Interactive visual guide to the top nominated films this year along with their movie trailers. This interactive will be updated to indicate the winners after the 88th Academy Awards show.

OSCARS DIVERSITY — An animated data visualization looks at the history of diversity among Oscar nominated actors and actresses since 1929.

Contact: Interactive, 212-621-7216.

PHOTOS (Invision)

Runup Coverage:

Photos will cover selected pre-Oscar activities as Hollywood prepares for its big night, including various Academy celebrations for categories such as animated feature, makeup and hairstyling, and Documentaries, plus rehearsals and the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday.

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 Broadcast Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel and AP correspondent Warren Levinson will be broadcasting live from the Oscars throughout the evening. They 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.


AP will tweet 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 will also be tweeting text, photos and video from the Oscars on their individual accounts, including Lindsey Bahr, @ ldbahr; Sandy Cohen, @APSandy; Beth Harris, @bethharrisap and Derrik J. Lang, @derrikjlang. Some of these personal tweets will be retweeted on the AP accounts.

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

The AP.