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Oprah Tops List Of Candidates To Host Oscars

07/07/2011 8:35 am 0 comments

Source: Bill Zwecker / Chicago Sun-Times

Motion Picture Academy sources say Oprah Winfrey is topping the list of candidates to host the 84th Oscars next February.

If the widely seen gig is accompanied by a behind-the-scenes special and a post-Oscars show airing only on the Oprah Winfrey Network, it would give the struggling cable channel some added exposure. But I’m hearing that is a very separate potential deal.

After all, ABC continues to have exclusive rights to Oscar broadcasts — and likely would not be happy about giving up rights to backstage access, etc. However, given Winfrey’s longtime relationship with ABC — anything is possible.

The main thing: Academy honchos firmly believe Winfrey could greatly expand the show’s audience.

To read this article in its entirety visit the Chicago Sun-Times.

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