— Today’s Red Carpet pre-shows:
ABC: “Red Carpet Live,” 6 to 7:30 this evening, hosted by “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer, along with Jess Cagle, editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly, and model Tyson Beckford.
Cable’s E! Channel: “Countdown to the Red Carpet,” 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. today. This live show offers “a first look at the fashion parade and interviews with early celebrity arrivals.” “Live from the Red Carpet,” 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ryan Seacrest interviews celebrities on the Red Carpet.
TV Guide Channel (now called TVGN): This cable network has teamed up with the syndicated show “Entertainment Tonight” for a Red Carpet show from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
— The Academy Awards:
ABC: 7:30 tonight. Ellen DeGeneres is hosting. Special attractions include a salute to on-screen heroes (both animated and live-action) and a celebration of the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” a best picture nominee in 1939.
Presenters include Amy Adams, Kristen Bell, Jim Carrey, Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Penélope Cruz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Viola Davis, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Goldie Hawn, Samuel L. Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Michael B. Jordan, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lawrence, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Bill Murray, Kim Novak, Tyler Perry, Brad Pitt, Sidney Poitier, Gabourey Sidibe, Will Smith, John Travolta, Kerry Washington, Emma Watson and Naomi Watts.
Musical performers include U2, Bette Midler, Pharrell Williams, Idina Menzel and Karen O.
— Tonight’s post-Oscar shows:
ABC: The ninth annual “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After The Oscars” special will air live tonight after the Oscars (starting about 11:05 p.m.), with guest Kevin Spacey (a two-time Academy Award winner) and appearances by Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Martin Scorsese, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Christoph Waltz, Ben Kingsley, Mandy Patinkin, Abbie Cornish, Barkhad Abdi, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Seth Rogen, Morgan Freeman, Andy Garcia, Adam Driver, Queen Latifah, Gary Oldman and Anjelica Huston.
E! Channel: “Oscar Wrap-Up,” 10:30 p.m. to midnight. The E! Channel offers highlights of the show and the after-party action.
— Monday post-Oscar shows:
ABC: “Live! with Kelly & Michael,” 9 a.m. Hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan welcome guests in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood the morning after the Oscars show.
Syndicated: “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” 3 p.m. on Channel 5 (Chicago) and 4 p.m. on Channel 12 (Milwaukee). This episode of the talk show will feature the Oscar host dishing on the Academy Awards.
E! Channel: “Fashion Police Oscar Special,” 8:30 to 10 p.m. The panel — Joan Rivers, Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos — offers a recap of the best (and worst) Red Carpet looks.
Look for these fashion favorites:
Lupita Nyong’o: She’s new to the Red Carpet scene but has drawn attention this season for her gowns at the Golden Globes and other awards shows.
Cate Blanchett: The actress is known for wearing couture gowns — and for taking chances on the Red Carpet.
Helen Mirren: The classy Oscar winner shows everyone how to dress in age-appropriate — but not stuffy — style.
Jennifer Lawrence: At age 23, she’s already been hired as the face of Dior and regularly makes best-dressed lists.
Amy Adams: The five-time nominee regularly appears on Red Carpets dressed in glamorous gowns in vibrant shades.
Sandra Bullock: The Oscar winner has gotten more and more stylish over the years as she graces Red Carpets at awards shows.
June Squibb: The 84-year-old first-time nominee is working with a stylist for the first time and is enjoying her Red Carpet season.
Giuliana Rancic: We mention the E! Channel host only because she’s so thin, we wish someone on the Red Carpet would hand her a turkey sandwich.
It’s not merely an honor just to be nominated. It’s downright lucrative!
As they applaud politely for the winner while silently mourning what might have been, the 2014 Oscar nominees whose names aren’t called during today’s broadcast will still have quite the consolation prize — a gift bag stuffed with $55,000 worth of treats.
According to Variety, the “Everybody Wins” swag bags from Distinctive Assets include:
— A wine/chocolate flight pairing from Chicago-based Chocolatines
— A Swiss-made Slow Watch
— Jan Lewis Designs bangle bracelets
— Luxury vacation packages to the Canadian Rockies, Mexico and Japan
— Spa treatments
— Charity donations of 10,000 meals to animal shelters, sponsored by Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres’s Halo natural pet food