Oscar veteran and Oscar newbie come together for CTV's red carpet

Oscar veteran and Oscar newbie come together for CTV's red carpet
etalk host Ben Mulroney and E! host Leah Miller
by: Lindsay Zier-Vogel

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On Sunday, a ten-year Oscar veteran will share the screen with a first-time Oscar newbie, but we’re not talking about nominees. Instead, etalk host Ben Mulroney will be joined by E!’s Leah Miller for her very first Academy Awards appearance.

Mulroney will be stationed on the carpet, interviewing the stars, while Miller will have an exclusive position on the balcony with a birds-eye view of the red carpet action. “ELLE” magazine creative director Joe Zee will join Miller on the balcony to dish on all the stars’ fashion.

“I’m so excited to be covering it all,” Miller gushes. “I can’t wait!”

Both Mulroney and Miller have seen all the films, and have spent weeks with etalk and E! producers and researchers prepping for the event. “You’ve got to be as prepared as possible, but at the same time, you’ve got to just hope for some luck,” Mulroney says with a laugh.

“You don’t have any pre-organized interviews, which means if you’re lucky enough to get an interview, you don’t know how long they’ll be. And as soon as they leave, you’ve got to do it all over again.

“It’s so wonderful though, to celebrate (with the actors and actresses) that they have made it to the Oscar red carpet. For a lot of these people, they’re saying goodbye to their movies, after making them, promoting them. You want to just have fun with them.”

From George Clooney to Robin Williams

From making George Clooney laugh, to chatting it up with Robin Williams, Mulroney has had his fair share of Oscars highlights and is looking forward to making new red carpet memories this year.

“They just happen,” he says. “You can’t ever predict when you might get a great moment with someone.”

Miller’s most looking forward to the glitz and glam that will fill the red carpet: “I just love seeing the dresses. It’s the best part of all of these award shows. Guys look good in suits, of course, but it’s really all about the women.”

Top picks: “The Artist” (Mulroney) and “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” (Miller)

Though it’s not on the list of Best Picture nominations, Miller loved “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” and is thrilled lead Rooney Mara was nominated for Best Actress. “I’m so happy she was recognized. I know she’s not going to win, but I think she’s talented.”

She’s also a big fan of Best Picture nominee, “Moneyball.” “I’m not even a huge baseball fan,” says Miller. “I just like looking at Brad Pitt. I think he’s so handsome. I can’t believe he’s 48 years old.”

Mulroney, however, is rooting for “The Artist” to win Best Picture and for Jean Dujardin to take Best Actor.

“I think it’s got the momentum going into it,” he says. “It’s got great performances and it’s got a great story behind the movie.

“When you take the dialogue, it’s a different way of telling a story out. I’ve really never seen anything like this on the big screen. I really, really liked it.”

Where Miller’s gunning for Nick Nolte to take Best Supporting Actor for his role in “The Warrior,” Mulroney thinks Christopher Plummer is a “sure bet” for his performance in “Beginners.”

“He’s won everything thus far – Golden Globes, SAG, BAFTA. It would probably be one of the greatest upsets in Oscar history if Plummer doesn’t win!”

You can catch Ben and Leah at 6pm ET, with the live-stream of the “CTV At The Oscars Red Carpet” on CTV.ca.

Check out broadcast times in your area.


About LindsayLindsay Zier-Vogel has been working for CTV.ca since 2008. In addition to interviewing the famed American choreographer Bill T. Jones and Canadian prima ballerina Karen Kain, Lindsay’s highlights include criss-crossing Canada on four SYTYCDC audition tours and covering the Juno Awards. Follow her on Twitter!


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