CHICAGO, IL — Oprah Winfrey brings together some of Hollywood's biggest and brightest Academy Award® winners and nominees to interview each other, on The Oprah Winfrey Oscar® Special, airing Wednesday, March 3 (10:01–11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Tune in as the stars go one-on-one with each other and open up about their careers and their most treasured Oscar memories.
The revealing and intimate interviews include 2002 Academy Award-winner Halle Berry (Actress in a Leading Role, Monster's Ball) and last year's Supporting Actress winner, Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), who this year is a Supporting Actress nominee for her role in Nine.
Academy Award-winning director James Cameron (Titanic), director of Avatar, sits down with three of the stars from the film, Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and three-time Oscar-nominated Sigourney Weaver. Avatar is the recipient of nine Oscar nominations this year, including Best Picture.
Ben Affleck, who won an Oscar in 1998 for original screenplay, along with Matt Damon, for Good Will Hunting, chats with Jeremy Renner, who garnered a nomination for Actor in a Leading Role for The Hurt Locker. The film is tied with Avatar for the most nominations this year, at nine.
Two of the stars reunite from Fatal Attraction, the 1987 classic film and recipient of six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture—five-time Oscar-nominated actress Glenn Close and multiple Oscar recipient Michael Douglas. Close received an Actress in a Leading Role nomination for her part in the film.
"Oprah's Oscar special will kick off a great week of television on ABC," said Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment Group. "The new Oscar rules put the spotlight on more great movies than ever before, and ABC will showcase them all in an Oscar telecast that delivers great entertainment for the fans watching at home. Having Oprah's Oscar special back this year adds to the excitement around Hollywood's biggest event."
The hour-long primetime special will air in the week leading up to the 82nd Annual Academy Awards® on Sunday, March 7 (5:00 p.m. PST/8:00 p.m. EST), televised live by the ABC Television Network.
The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special, which will air in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound, is produced by Harpo Productions. Oprah Winfrey and Sheri Salata are executive producers.
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