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Robin Roberts to co-host Oscars red carpet pre-show

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(Read caption) Robin Roberts will be one of the co-hosts for the Oscars red carpet pre-show.

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Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer, hosts of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” will host the Oscars red carpet show this year along with Tyson Beckford, an actor and model, and magazine editor Jess Cagle of People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly. 

The pre-show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., Eastern time, on March 2, according to the Los Angeles Times, and the Academy Awards ceremony itself will be hosted by comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

Roberts became an anchor for “America” in 2005, while Spencer became an anchor in 2011. Other hosts on the show include George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, and Ginger Zee.

Beckford recently appeared in the movie “Hotel California” and will star in the upcoming film “Addicted,” which is set to be released this fall.

Roberts tweeted at fellow hosts Beckford and Cagle, writing that she and Spencer "look forward to sharing the red carpet with you at the Oscars.”

Roberts, Spencer, Beckford and Cagle will be hosting the show before an Oscars ceremony that is interesting industry watchers due to the races that are difficult to predict. While some nominees like “Dallas Buyers Club” actor Matthew McConaughey are believed to be frontrunners in their category, the Best Picture race, in which the films “12 Years a Slave,” “Gravity,” and “American Hustle” are vying for the prize, is keeping people guessing. The outcome of other categories like Best Supporting Actress, in which “Slave” actress Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Lawrence of “Hustle” are nominated, is also murky.

In total, nine films are nominated for Best Picture this year: “Slave,” “Gravity,” “Hustle,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Philomena,” “Captain Phillips,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

“Gravity” and “Hustle” each received 10 nominations total, the most of any film. “Slave” wasn't far behind, garnering nine.

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It was also recently announced that singer and actress Idina Menzel will be performing "Let It Go," the breakout hit from the animated film “Frozen,” at the Oscars ceremony.


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