Annual Academy Awards will be aired live on STAR MOVIES on february 26th at 6:30 a.m. with a repeat at 8:30 p.m.

MUMBAI: It's that time of the year again! It is the biggest celebrity event in showbiz ? the most important night of the year for the Hollywood stars ? the most awaited event of the year that is attended by the movers and shakers of the entertainment industry worldwide - The OSCARS! It's time to roll out the red carpet and be awed by all the glitz and glamour, once again. And as always they are LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on Star Movies! Hollywood's biggest event of the year, The 79th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS will be aired LIVE on STAR MOVIES on February 26th at 6:30 a.m. with a prime time repeat on the same day at 8. 30 p.m., giving viewers in India a chance to watch the event, along with millions of viewers, worldwide!

The event kicks off with a Star Movies Special Event 'LIVE From The Red Carpet' offering a first glimpse at what the stars are wearing as they arrive in their limousines and parade down the red carpet. Look for celebrity interviews, fashion statements by Hollywood's glam brigade dressed to the nines in designer creations and jewelry! Then it's off to the famed Los Angeles Kodak Theatre for the main event. This year's host is comedienne-turned-US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, voted one of the funniest people in America by Entertainment Weekly, and she'll be joined by Hollywood's finest presenters on this night to be remembered!

Star Movies has been broadcasting the Oscars since 1999. This year Hollywood's most important and glamorous awards will again have a big parade of movie stars and other Hollywood types gracing the red carpet in front of Hollywood's Kodak Theater, dressed to the nines in designer duds and jewelry.

Having bagged the rights for telecasting The Oscars until 2010, Star Movies has once again lived up to its promise of giving its viewers a wholesome Hollywood experience over and above the freshest and the best of the movies that they bring to the viewers. Star Movies has also been showcasing the 'Oscar Fever' to set the mood for its viewers, wherein some of the popular Oscar winning and nominated movies of the recent past have been aired.

So prepare yourself for the BIGGEST and the most popular night LIVE and exclusive on Star Movies, on Monday, February 26th 2006 at 6.30 a.m. (red carpet followed by LIVE presentation) and repeat at primetime 8.30 pm. Root for your favorite nominees and get to know who will receive the highest honor in filmmaking this year!

Come Home to Hollywood. Come Home to Star Movies.

About Star

STAR is a leading media and entertainment company in Asia. STAR broadcasts over 50 television services in nine languages to more than 300 million viewers across 53 Asian countries. STAR channels cover all genres including general entertainment (Star Plus, Xing Kong, Star Chinese Channel, Star One, Star Utsav, Star World, Vijay, Phoenix Chinese), sports (ESPN, Star Sports), movies (Star Chinese Movies, Star Gold, Star Movies), music (Channel [V]), and news and current affairs (Star News, Star Ananda, Phoenix InfoNews Channel). STAR controls over 20,000 hours of Indian and Chinese programming and also owns the world's largest contemporary Chinese film library, with more than 600 titles, featuring superstars including Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fat and Bruce Lee. In partnership with leading companies in Asia, STAR businesses extend to filmed entertainment, television production, cable systems, direct-to-home services, terrestrial TV broadcasting, wireless and digital services. STAR is a wholly owned subsidiary of News Corporation.

For further information please contact:

In Mumbai:

Zeenat Khan Shiraz Bhavnani / Aditi Chada

Asst. Vice President - Publicity Vaishnavi Corporate Communications

Star India Pvt. Ltd. Tel: 91-22-5656 8787

Tel No. 91-22-56305555 Fax: 91-22-5656 8788 /


Some nominations for the 79th Annual Academy Awards

Best motion picture of the year

" Babel

" The Departed

" Letters From Iwo Jima

" Little Miss Sunshine

" The Queen

Achievement in directing

" Babel

" The Departed

" Letters From Iwo Jima

" The Queen

" United 93

Performance by an actor in a leading role

" Leonardo Dicaprio - Blood Diamond

" Ryan Gosling - Half Nelson

" Peter O'Toole - Venus

" Will Smith - The Pursuit Of Happyness

" Forest Whitaker - The Last King Of Scotland

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

" Alan Arkin - Little Miss Sunshine

" Jackie Earle Haley - Little Children

" Djimon Hounsou - Blood Diamond

" Eddie Murphy - Dreamgirls

" Mark Wahlberg - The Departed

Performance by an actress in a leading role

" Pen?lope Cruz - Volver

" Judi Dench - Notes On A Scandal

" Helen Mirren - The Queen

" Meryl Streep - The Devil Wears Prada

" Kate Winslet - Little Children

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

" Adriana Barraza - Babel

" Cate Blanchett - Notes On A Scandal

" Abigail Breslin - Little Miss Sunshine

" Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls

" Rinko Kikuchi - Babel

Best animated feature film of the year

" Cars

" Happy Feet

" Monster House

Achievement in art direction

" Dreamgirls

" The Good Shepherd

" Pan's Labyrinth

" Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

" The Prestige

Achievement in cinematography

" The Black Dahlia

" Children Of Men

" The Illusionist

" Pan's Labyrinth

" The Prestige

Achievement in costume design

" Curse Of The Golden Flower

" The Devil Wears Prada

" Dreamgirls

" Marie Antoinette

" The Queen

Best documentary feature

" Deliver Us From Evil

" An Inconvenient Truth

" Iraq In Fragments

" Jesus Camp

" My Country, My Country

Best documentary short subject

" The Blood Of Yingzhou District

" Recycled Life

" Rehearsing A Dream

" Two Hands

Achievement in film editing

" Babel

" Blood Diamond

" Children Of Men

" The Departed

" United 93

Best foreign language film of the year

" After The Wedding

" Days Of Glory (Indig?nes)

" The Lives Of Others

" Pan's Labyrinth

" Water

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