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Posted at 1:35 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Want more pre-Oscar coverage? You got it.

By Jen Chaney

The Oscar red carpet: something you'll be seeing even more of on TV this year. (AP)

There's clearly a hunger in America for more red-carpet coverage prior to the Academy Awards ceremony. And thankfully, fellow citizens, ABC is satisfying that hunger.

The Academy issued a press release Tuesday announcing that ABC's Oscars pre-show, normally a 30-minute affair, will be expanded this year to 90 minutes.

Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare, producers of the program, said in the press release: "In addition to having more time to talk to the biggest movie stars in the world, we'll be able to take the viewers behind the scenes before the biggest event in entertainment!" Yes, that exclamation point really is in the press release.

Of course, with ABC's red carpet show now beginning at 7 p.m. EST, that means it will compete more directly with the work E!, Style Channel, TV Guide Network and other assorted swag-and-gab programming that exists on TV and online. Translation: the opportunities for someone to ask Christopher Nolan an embarrassingly inane question just rose to exponential levels.

Will you opt to watch ABC's coverage? Stick with E!? Engage in a lot of manic changing of channels? Or just blow off the red carpet coverage and watch "The Social Network" on DVD until it's time for the awards to be distributed? Post a comment and share your preliminary Oscar night plans.

By Jen Chaney  | January 11, 2011; 1:35 PM ET
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When that ignorant Monique won an Oscar I stopped watching because seems us black women are either ignorant, being beaten or raped. According to Tyler and Oprah we're miserable unhappy people and this is the only way to win Oscars by making comics and singers think they can act!!!!

My girl from CBS This Sunday Morning said it perfectly on Joy Behar's show "Some of us black women are HAPPY!"

Posted by: MDlady2 | January 11, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

It's the "Black Swan" and "The King's Speech", what else is there besides "Winter's Born" and nobody is gonna see it -to darn good who care about another fighter or drug user? PLEASE, never liked Marky Mark and Bale is sooo over.

Posted by: crrobin | January 11, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

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