It’s time for the Oscars, but it still seems too early to me. I’m still used to them being aired towards the end of March. The big talk of course is if Heath Ledger will win the Best Supporting Actor Award posthumously for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. You know it’ll be one of the last awards they give out. And before we even get to the actual ceremony, we have hours of red carpet interviews to wade through.
1. Ratatouille. This 2008 Oscar winner for best animated feature is definitely out of the norm for the usual Disney type of film. In some ways, that’s what makes it work. 11:40 AM CT Starz 4
2. Remember the Titans. Denzel Washington did not win an Oscar for this film and in fact wasn’t even nominated, but should have been. This true story should have earned at least a nomination for the writers as well. 12:05 PM CT Encore East
3. Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2009 Academy Awards. Check out all the early arrivals, and find the laughter wherever you can. 1:00 PM CT E!
4. Pretty Woman. Julia Roberts was nominated, but lost for her role as the prostitute. Ten years later, she picked up the Oscar for Erin Brockovich. Oddly, Richard Gere has never even been nominated for an Oscar. 1:05 PM CT The Movie Channel West
5. NBA Basketball: Celtics at Suns. The last time these teams met, Boston outscored Phoenix 64-34 in just the first half, and came up with the win, thanks to 23 turnovers by the Suns. 1:30 PM CT ABC
6. NASCAR Racing: Spring Cup In Fontana, California. Carl Edwards won the Auto Club 500 last year under caution, while Jimmie Johnson has won in Fontana in the last two summer races. 4:00 PM CT Fox
7. 60 Minutes. Reports on whether the drinking age should be lowered to 18, a Jewish boy who became a mascot to the Nazis, and in interview with a CBS News cameraman who was held captive in Iraq. 6:00 PM CT CBS
8. Dateline NBC. Highlighted is the supersonic Concorde jet flight that crashed in France in 2000, killing 113. A reality show gone wrong is highlighted as well. 6:00 PM CT NBC
9. Barbara Walters Special. In her 28th annual Oscar night show, Walters checks in with nominees Anne Hathaway and Mickey Rourke, as well as host Hugh Jackman, and the Jonas Brothers, for some inexplicable reason. 6:00 PM CT ABC
10. Live From the Red Carpet: The 2009 Academy. Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic check in with the celebrities as they arrive for the big event. 5:00 PM CT E!
11. The Amazing Race 14. The Racers travel from Switzerland to Germany, where one Racer becomes lost. We saw that in the previews and know it’s Linda. Just to challenge the humor factor of the cheese event last week, we’ll have a pie-throwing event at the pit stop in Austria. 7:00 PM CT CBS
12. Oscars Red Carpet 2009. Yet more red carpet arrivals. Tired of it yet? 7:00 PM CT ABC
13. Confessions of a Teen Idol. It’s the season finale with the former idols having private meetings with Cooper helping them put it all behind them once and for all. They also hit the beach for some last minute fun before they receive parting gifts that might help them relaunch their careers. Personally, I’m hoping for a season 2 for this. 7:00 PM CT VH1
14. 81st Academy Awards. We’re finally done with the arrivals, and it’s time for the big event. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader, and Slumdog Millionaire battle it out for best picture, but of course, we’ll have to wait for the last minute to find out the big winner. 7:30 PM CT ABC
15. Top 100 Most Outrageous Moments 2. A better name for this would be The World’s Funniest Home Videos. 8:00 PM CT NBC
16. E! After Party: 2009 Academy Awards. Just in case you’re still not tired of it yet, there’s more! 10:30 PM CT E!
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