David Onda’s 2013 Oscars Diary: Day 1

The Oscar (Photo: Bob Levey/Getty)

Hollywood’s biggest week is upon us.

In less than a week, the biggest names in the film industry will converge on the Dolby Theatre for the 85th annual Academy Awards. And in just a few hours, I’ll be heading to sunny Los Angeles to bring you up-to-the-minute coverage as Tinseltown prepares for its most glamorous night.

All week, stay tuned to XFINITY.com and the XFINITY Movie Blog for news, red carpet photos, exclusive video, interviews, Oscars predictions, show previews, a live chat and much more — all leading up to the big event on Sunday, February 24th.

Not prepared for the Oscars? It’s not too late. Keep scrolling for an easy five-step plan for getting caught up before the trophies are awarded.


Have you seen the films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards? Catch up on all the hopefuls with XFINITY On Demand. Nominated films such as “Flight,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “The Sessions,” “Skyfall” and “Moonrise Kingdom” are now available to order, while frontrunner “Argo” comes to XFINITY On Demand tomorrow. Check out the full list of nominees here, or take the 85th Academy Awards trivia challenge here.



Brush up on your Academy Awards knowledge with a look back at past Oscars nominees, winners, losers, fashion and more. Take a trip down memory lane now with Oscars’ Biggest Losers, Pint-Sized Oscar Winners & Noms (including this year’s nominee Quvenzhané Wallis), Hollywood’s Weeping Beauties, Outrageous Oscars Looks, Breathtaking Oscars Gowns, African-American Oscar Winners and Oscars’ 10 Worst Best Picture Winners.



Which A-list stars will be taking the stage at the 85th Academy Awards to hand out the most coveted statue in Hollywood? The stacked lineup includes the first-ever teddy bear presenter, a cast of superheroes and the 10th anniversary reunion of the “Chicago” cast. Click here for our running list of this year’s presenters and performers.



It’s almost time to make your predictions, and what better way to keep track of this year’s winners and losers than with the XFINITY Oscars Ballot. Show your friends and family you know what you’re talking about when you pick the year’s biggest upset. “Amour,” anyone? Probably not.



The 85th Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, February 26 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Tune in to XFINITY.com for a live Oscars chat beginning at 7 p.m. EST with red carpet coverage, and continuing until the end of the show. I’ll be backstage at the awards bringing you live reactions from the winners as they enter the press interview room. It’s a great way to complement your Oscars-viewing experience.


For more Academy Awards coverage throughout the week, be sure to check out the XFINITY Awards Special site, and stay tuned to the XFINITY Movie Blog for my daily dose of Oscars news and predictions.

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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