Backstage at the Oscars – Live from a Messenger Room!

For the 93rd Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has partnered with the Facebook company for an interactive, real-time virtual experience across multiple platforms, giving viewers an opportunity to engage with creators and fellow fans, watch live interviews with Oscar® winners, and get an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes of this year’s show. The 93rd Oscars airs live on ABC on Sunday, April 25, at 8:00 PM EDT/5:00 PM PDT.

Live Backstage Access 

A live Messenger Room will stream to the Academy’s Facebook page for the duration of the broadcast, connecting fans, creators and special guests virtually. As part of the room, fans will be able to access exclusive live interviews with Oscar winners fresh off the stage, and activities will include trivia and creators discussing the films. The Room will be streaming during the three-hour duration of the ceremony and provide viewers with front row access to Oscar winners. You can watch along live starting at 8:00pm ET on Sunday, April 25, here, and in Messenger’s Watch Together feature. 

Highlights from the show, including key moments and acceptance speeches, will be available to view on the Academy’s and ABC’s Facebook pages, Facebook Watch and Oculus TV.

Oscars Backgrounds 

Available in Messenger starting on April 23, fans at home can also try out the Oscars-inspired 360-degree AR background, created by Facebook Reality Labs and artist Temi Coker.

Instagram Live Room and Reels

In a collaboration with Vanity Fair and Instagram, portrait photos and Reels of Oscar winners, nominees and presenters will be captured by Quil Lemons (@quillemons), who made history this year as Vanity Fair’s youngest cover photographer.  Exclusive content from the photo sessions will be posted on the Academy’s Instagram Reels and Feed (@theacademy) and Vanity Fair’s Instagram (@vanityfair). The Academy will also be posting from the Oscars red carpet. 

Leading up to Sunday, the Academy will bring the Oscars experience to Instagram, via Reels, with content featuring influencers and creators, produced in celebration of this year’s show and nominees. Examples of this content includes “glambot countdowns” from Cole Walliser (@colewalliser), Getting Ready Together moments with Hayden Cohen (@hayderz), pop art actor portraits from Matt Chesco (@mattchesco) and positive messages from Donté Colley (@donte.colley).

Let’s toast to the films that moved us over the last year! We’re proud that technology from Facebook can bring you closer to the movies and actors you care most about in new dynamic ways this year at the Oscars!

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