Cable TV

Star Movies adds half an hour of pre-show to Oscars coverage

MUMBAI: The biggest awards show in the entertainment industry the 78th annual Academy Awards takes place early in the morning on 6 March. Star Movies will add half an hour of pre show coverage to the event.

The action kicks off early Monday morning at 5:30 am. The channel will have its representatives on the red carpet for an hour getting sound bytes from the nominees as they walk the red carpet while fans scream themselves hoarse. There will also be a behind the scenes look at what it takes to put together an event of this magnitude.

Then the official Academy countdown happens at 6:30 am where US broadcaster ABC's anchors talk to the stars. The main show kicks off at 7 am with host Jon Stewart. It should finish by 11 am. There will be a repeat at 8 pm.

The big concern for the Academy though is that none of the Best Picture nominees benefitted after their list was made public. The weekend after the nominations had been announced Munich's box office dropped a massive 53 per cent. The other nominees including favourite Brokeback Mountain and Capote had drops of at least 29 per cent.

What this means is that there is not much interest in movies that have been nominated. Generally viewership for the Academy Awards is good if the films in question do well at the box office. Ratings were strong when blockbusters like Titanic and The Lord Of the Rings triumphed. The films nominated for the main awards including picture, the acting categories and script are all niche and serious apart from Walk The Line and Pride And Prejudice.

The other unknown factor is Jon Stewart. Stewart's satirical style works well for his news show The Daily Show. For the Oscars though he will need to tone down at least to some extent. The best hosts are those like Billy Crystal who work within Hollywood and who are in awe of it just like the viewers.

As far as who will win is concerned the gay western Brokeback Mountain should win for best picture. While the explosive drama about racism in Los Angeles Crash has fans, it is not likely to cause an upset. If it does then it will be the biggest upset in the history of the Academy Awards. Brokeback Mountain's director Ang Lee who failed to win five years ago for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon will not go empty handed this time around.

Best Actor should go to Phillip Seymour Hoffman whose portrayal of writer Truman Capote needs to be seen to be believed. Reese Witherspoon should win for Best Actress playing country singer June Carter who married country music legend Johnny Cash.

Rachel Weiz who proved that she has the acting chops to match her looks in The Constant Gardener is the favourite in the supporting actress category. Reacting to her nomination she said, "My journey with 'The Constant Gardener' has been an extraordinary and rewarding one, made possible by a great director, Fernando Meirelles, and a brilliant leading man, Ralph Fiennes. And now to be an Academy Award nominee, is the greatest honour for me. I am deeply grateful to the members of the Academy for my nomination."

George Clooney has been nominated three times. He co-wrote the script for Best Picture nominee Good Night And Good Luck which is about how news anchor Edward Murrow took on Senator McCarthy in the 1950s when he was on his communist witchhunt. However if Clooney wins for anything it will be for his portrayal of a CIA agent in Syriana, which is about America's thirst for oil in the Middle East.

Latest Reads
GTPL reports higher numbers for Q3 2018

BENGALURU: Indian multi system operator (MSO) and broadband internet services (broadband) provider GTPL Hathway Limited (GTPL) has reported a year-on-year (yoy) growth in standalone as well subsidiary companies revenues, operating profits and net profits for the quarter ended 31 December 2017 (Q3...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
Hinduja Ventures appoints Ashok Mansukhani as MD; net profit remains flat

MUMBAI: Hinduja Ventures Ltd (HVL) whole-time director Ashok Mansukhani has been elevated as the managing director of the company for two years from 30 April 2018 to 29 April 2020. Mansukhani completes his existing term as whole-time director on 29 April.

Cable TV People
Hathway reports improved standalone Q3 results

BENGALURU: The demerged Hathway Cable and Datacom (Hathway) reported standalone profit after tax (PAT) of Rs 23.87 crore (17.2 per cent of operating revenue) for the quarter ended 31 December 2017 (Q3 2018, quarter under review), 70.4 per cent higher as compared to PAT of Rs 14.01 crore (10.7 per...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
TDSAT rules in favor of DEN Networks, directs ZEE entertainment to provide channels on RIO basis

In a major victory for DEN Networks – TDSAT (Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal) directed ZEE Entertainment Limited (ZEEL) to provide channels to DEN Networks on RIO basis dismissing ZEEL’s claim that SMS and CAS of DEN were not compliant with the regulations.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
Dual LCN helping consumers, says KCCL's Shaji Mathews

MUMBAI: Kerala Communicators Cable Ltd (KCCL) CEO Shaji Mathews believes dual local channel numbers (LCN) is helping consumers and that its fate should be left to the market.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
DEN readies Android-based STB for Feb launch

Multi-system operator (MSO) DEN is all set to revamp its old hybrid set top box (STB) into a smart STB. The new STB will support 4k HD as well as internet access.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
Operating margin, sub revenue prop up Siti financials

BENGALURU: Backed by higher subscription and carriage revenue, Indian multi-systems operator (MSO) Siti Networks Ltd (Siti) has posted 19.4 percent higher consolidated total income for the quarter ended 31 December 2017 (Q3 2018, the quarter under review) as compared with the corresponding year...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
Subscription revenue drives up Den’s PAT

Multi-system operator (MSO) Den Networks’ financial results for Q3 2018 show consolidated revenue of Rs 330 crore as against Rs 293 crores in the corresponding quarter a year ago, up by 12 per cent. In Q2 2018, consolidated revenue stood at Rs 328 crore.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
Hinduja Ventures board okays amalgamation with Grant Investrade

Hinduja Ventures Ltd's (HVL) the board of directors has approved the amalgamation of Grant Investrade Ltd (GIL), a wholly owned subsidiary, into the company.

Cable TV Multi System Operators

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories