The Oscars Backstage Pass offers movie fans an all-access pass to the Oscars with an exclusive second screen experience. To complement the live telecast, fans can get an inside look into the Oscars right from their own home.
The most memorable moments of the evening are captured for fans to get insider views and a behind the scenes look at the live event. All is made possible through the placement of 20 live cameras on the red carpet and backstage areas of Hollywood's Dolby Theatre. Sponsored by Samsung, Backstage Pass is available for the first time this year on Android devices including the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy S.
"The Backstage Pass is an extension of the things we all love about watching the Oscars - it's our way of inviting fans into the celebration, and the hosts are their eyes and ears. "I couldn't be happier with this group. Each brings with them a great depth of knowledge, and also a passion and enthusiasm for the Oscars that I know fans will respond to," said Karin Gilford, senior vice president of Digital Media at ABC Television Network.
Hosting this year's Oscar's Backstage Pass is The View's Sherri Shepherd, TV personality Cameron Mathison and Modern Family's Rico Rodriguez. Correspondents from two popular entertainment news sources will be on site, Entertainment Weekly's Jess Cagle and PEOPLE's Peter Castro.
From the digital media world are Radio Disney's Jake Whetter, PopSugar's Allsion McNamara and Mashable's Brian Anthony. They will anchor Backstage Pass' debut multimedia Red Carpet Digital Lounge. They will comment on some of the most talked about red carpet trends from a lounge full of multimedia monitors that are run from Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets.
The Backstage cam will be co-hosted by Shepherd and Mathison conducting short interviews and capturing behind the scenes footage. They return this year as part of the correspondence team and both hosted the 35th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.
Managing Editor of Entertainment Weekly, Jess Cagle will interview winners on the "Winner's Walk" cam, as soon as they exit the stage. Deputy Managing Editor Peter Castro from PEOPLE will get feedback from the fans as the celebrities arrive on the red carpet. He's co-anchoring with Rico Rodriguez from the hit ABC show "Modern Family" for the Oscars Fan Experience.
Oscar.com and the official Oscars app encourage fans to interact with the Oscars before, during and after the show for more behind the scenes access to the Academy Awards. Fans can watch host Seth MacFarlane and the Oscars production team prepare for the show and learn more about the nominees. Friends can view and share their "My Picks" interactive ballot on Facebook, updated in real-time on Oscar Night.
Since its launch at the 2011 Oscars, the Backstage Pass experience earned an Emmy for Creative Achievement in Interactive Arts. The Oscars' unprecedented live event, second-screen access also earned an Industry Star Mobile Excellence Award.