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:: Spotlight :: E! Entertainment Television prepares big 2012 Academy Awards coverage

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

E! Entertainment Television has unveiled their red carpet supreme team for the Network's 2012 coverage of the Academy Awards. E! News anchor, Ryan Seacrest, and co-host, Giuliana Rancic, will spearhead the Network's unprecedented star-studded presence on Monday, February 27 at 9:30am AEDT for this year's “Live from the Red Carpet: The 2012 Academy Awards” coverage from the site of the annual ceremony at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

This year, the film industry’s most prestigious event of the year will be filled with anticipation and suspense, thanks to outstanding films and unforgettable performances. E! will capture all the buzz and the latest news LIVE and deliver it right into your living rooms. With nominations for Best Performance by an Actor including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jean Dujardin and Gary Oldman; and Best Performance by an Actress including Meryl Streep, Glenn Close and Michelle Williams, this year promises to deliver excitement, glamour and intrigue.

Hugo was a clear favourite, receiving the most nominations overall with 11 in total, with The Artist following closely behind with 10. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon and The Tree Of Life go head to head with three nominations each.

E!’s Academy Awards coverage continues on Wednesday, February 29 with the very glamorous Fashion Police team recapping the night’s winners and losers. Host Joan Rivers will be joined by her regular style commentators Kelly Osbourne, George Kotsiopoulos and Giuliana Rancic to dissect the fashion choices from film’s night of nights.

Join E! on Monday, January 16, 2012 for the most complete awards coverage starting with:

Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2012 Academy Awards (240’)
World Première
Monday, February 27 @ 5:30am AEDT

Live from the Red Carpet: The 2012 Academy Awards (180’)
World Première
Monday, February 27 @ 9:30am AEDT

E! After Party: The 2012 Academy Awards (90’)
World Première
Monday, February 27 @ 4:00pm AEDT

Fashion Police: The 2012 Academy Awards (60’)
Australian Première
Wednesday, February 29 @ 11:00am AEDT
Wednesday, February 29 @ 9:30pm AEDT

Ryan Seacrest, Jay James, Gary Snegaroff and Eddie Delbridge serve as Executive Producers. E!'s Red Carpet coverage is a Ryan Seacrest Production.