Wowow to carry Oscars

Live b'cast reaches Japan for first time in 9 years

TOKYO — This year’s Academy Awards presentation will be broadcast live to Japanese auds by Japan Satellite Broadcasting (Wowow) for the first time in nine years, under an exclusive two-year contract with Walt Disney.

Japan’s pubcaster NHK aired the Academy Awards presentation live from 1992-1999 after Wowow presented the show live for the first time in Japan in 1991.

To hype the event, Wowow, Japan’s 10-year-old commercial analog satcaster, will show 59 Academy Award-winning films between Monday and March 27. The lineup includes “The Personals,” directed by a former Miss Japan, Keiko Ibi, and the short documentary film winner last year, “Gods and Monsters,” “Titanic,” “The Piano,” “The Last Emperor” and oldies like “Boys Town” and “Gaslight.”

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