Robin Roberts & Josh Elliott to Host 'Countdown to Oscars' Special on 2/27
Countdown to the Oscars®" offers viewers a backstage pass to the Academy Awards, featuring interviews with this year's nominees, rarely seen footage of the nominated stars before they were famous, and a special celebration of the 20th anniversary of "Forrest Gump." Robin Roberts and Josh Elliott anchor the special hour, with reporting from Lara Spencer and Chris Connelly. "COUNTDOWN TO THE OSCARS®" airs on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27 (8:00 - 9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Highlights from the star studded hour include:
Jonah Hill: He has emerged as Hollywood's it-sidekick and star, proving he can hold the screen with acting heavyweights like Pitt and DiCaprio. The once unlikely celebrity turned two-time Oscar nominee sits with Chris Connelly and talks about his creative ambition, his comedic roles with director Judd Apatow, and his aspiration of wanting to be like his personal hero, Martin Scorsese. He also shares stories of Scorsese's "organized chaos" on the set of "The Wolf of Wall Street," shooting its debaucherous scenes, and playing tricks on his new friend, Leo DiCaprio.
Lupita Nyong'o: She's Hollywood's break out star and the fashion world's new "it" girl -- Lupita Nyong'o's searing performance in "12 Years a Slave" made Hollywood sit up and take notice. She is the awards season front runner, garnering numerous accolades including a nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Not bad when you Consider This was her first acting job right out of the Yale School of Drama. Robin Roberts catches up with Lupita just days before the Oscars® to discuss new found fame, fabulous fashion and what it feels like to be at the center of a real life Hollywood Cinderella story.
Before they were Famous-The Male Nominees: The long lost commercials. The embarrassing early TV roles. Meet Hollywood's hottest men long before they were up for acting's top prize. Go globetrotting with Bradley Cooper, the travel show host. Cheer on the "Wolf of Wall Street" as he fends off vicious attacks from man-eating aliens. Stroll through the halls of "My So-Called Life's" Liberty High with TV's original teen bad boy, Jared Leto. Plus, why is a young Leonardo DiCaprio speaking Russian in a cave? Chris Connelly reports.