A source close to the Oscar production at the Kodak theater has managed to peek at the rundown. He tells me that the total length of the broadcast clocks at 3:15 hours, and the Oscars are due to end at 8:45pm PT.

Although the production book doesn’t list the awards presenters, or performers (all marked as TBA), it does offer a glimpse as to what’s in store. One segment is “Hugh at the Piano”, another is a 4:00 minute production number.

The show is divided into five parts, each one highlighting a process in the making of a movie, with the subsequent awards mirroring that theme. Part 1 is The Blank Page. Part 2 is production (with the art direction, make up and costume awards following). Part 3 is Cinematography. Part 4 is Post Production (editing, sound, SFX). Part 5 is Scoring. And then it’s time for the big awards which obviously don’t need a user manual to make them viewer friendly.

More: maybe as a way to remind viewers that there were more movies made in 2008 then the high-brow ones released in December and nominated for the Oscars, five montage sequences titled “2008 yearbook” will be spread throughout the show, summing the year in various genres: Animated Film, Romance, Comedy, Documentary Film, and Action.

The awards line-up, as dictated to me by my source, is (all times Pacific):

5:38: Hugh’s opening performance

5:45:AWARD #1
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

5:51: AWARD #2:
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

5:55: AWARD #3
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

6:03: AWARD #4
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

6:05: AWARD #5
ANIMATED SHORT FILM

6:14: AWARD #6
ART DIRECTION

6:18: AWARD #7
COSTUME DESIGN

6:20: AWARD #8
MAKEUP

6:30: AWARD #9
CINEMATOGRAPHY

6:36: SCI-TECH AWARDS RECAP

6:41: AWARD #10
LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

7:03: AWARD #11
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

7:08: AWARD #12
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

7:10: AWARD #13
DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

7:20: AWARD #14
VISUAL EFFECTS

7:22: AWARD #15
SOUND EDITING

7:26: AWARD #16
SOUND MIXING

7:29: AWARD #17
FILM EDITING

7:37: JEAN HERSHOLT AWARD
TO JERRY LEWIS

7:48: AWARD #18
ORIGINAL SCORE

7:55: AWARD #19
ORIGINAL SONG

8:01: AWARD #20
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

8:10 In Memoriam

8:14: AWARD #21
DIRECTING

8:23: AWARD #22
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

8:31: AWARD #23
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

8:38: AWARD #24
BEST MOTION PICTURE

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