Variety’s Clayton Davis Returns to ABC’s Oscar Pre-Show

Variety‘s senior awards editor Clayton Davis will make his return to the Oscars pre-show “Countdown to Oscars: On the Red Carpet Live,” airing on ABC from 1:00-4:00 p.m. EDT/10:00-1:00 p.m. PDT.

Davis has been tracking awards season for Variety since 2020; his predictions for this year’s Oscars can be found here.

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Hosted by “World News Tonight” weekend anchors Linsey Davis and Whit Johnson, the pre-show will feature previews of the awards show, live interviews with nominees and presenters and an exclusive glimpse of the Governors Ball, the official post-Oscars celebration.

Linsey Davis is also an anchor on “ABC News Live Prime,” and Johnson is a “Good Morning America” weekend co-anchor. Additional Oscars pre-show reporters include Eva Pilgrim and DeMarco Morgan, co-anchors of “GMA3: What You Need to Know”; ABC News correspondent Chris Connelly; ABC News contributors Kelley Carter and Mike Muse; and celebrity stylist Joe Zee.

ABC has also revealed that Vanessa Hudgens will host “The Oscars Red Carpet Show” for the third time, with Julianna Hough joining as co-host. The official lead-up to the Oscars will air on March 10 at 6:30 p.m. EDT/3:30 PDT. The 30-minute special will spotlight Oscar nominees, performers and presenters, and show red carpet arrivals. David Chamberlin executive produces “The Oscars Red Carpet Show.”

The Oscars will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and take place at the Dolby Theatre at a new time this year, 4 p.m. PDT. The morning after the ceremony, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos will host the special “After the Oscars” at 9 a.m. EDT, unpacking Hollywood’s biggest night.

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