Oscar's Other Side Of Race In David Sheehan's "Winners"

Feb 27, 2016, 09:00 ET from David Sheehan

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Longtime CBS/NBC TV news reporter-critic David Sheehan has updated his new one-hour internet Oscar extravaganza "AND THE WINNERS ARE ..." to open with a journalistic acknowledgement of the current controversy about the absence of African-Americans in this year's Academy Awards nominations. The opening features a leadoff interview with Will Smith, whose highly touted performance in "Concussion" was ignored, adding more momentum to Smith's own viral social media protest hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.

However ... "AND THE WINNERS ARE ..." also looks back at 2002 when the Oscars weren't so whitewashed, capturing backstage moments with Denzel Washington and Halle Berry winning Best Actor and Best Actress. Another winner of color, Morgan Freeman, is also in the segment.

"AND THE WINNERS ARE ..." is a fast-paced 60-minute spectacular featuring 25 of Sheehan's movie star interviews of the most famous Oscar winners (and losers) from the past five decades, including screen icons Marlon Brando, Woody Allen, Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sylvester Stallone, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta, Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman, Robin Williams, Al Pacino, and ten more.

The outspoken thoughts and feelings of the stars, including personal revelations about the impact of fame on their humanity, offer a bristling kaleidoscope of attitudes about Oscar, ranging from outright hatred and disdain to loving the acclaim and even enjoying the race.

"AND THE WINNERS ARE ..." will be streaming worldwide February 27 thru March 31, 2016 (Sheehan's birthday) on YouTube, Facebook, Starz, JLTV, Bravo, A&E and three different popular social media platforms in Italy, France and Spain, with a worldwide audience estimated to be 100 million or more. A half-hour version of the show will also be broadcast on FOX13 in Los Angeles at 11pm 'the night before the Oscars' Saturday, February 27.

All proceeds from "AND THE WINNERS ARE ..." go to benefit the good work of Sheehan's three favorite charities: Children of The Night in Van Nuys, California; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee; and the Los Angeles Mission in Downtown L.A. and Hollywood.

The show is sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines with its 10 world's leading cruise brands, the Disney Company with its new March 4 release "Zootopia", and VCI Home Entertainment with its newly minted DVD release of "Pippin", the Tony Award winning Broadway musical by Oscar winner Bob Fosse, who is one of only three directors in "AND THE WINNERS ARE ...", the other two being Eastwood and Italy's Federico Fellini.

"AND THE WINNERS ARE ..." is a production of Hollywood Close-Ups, Inc., written and produced by David Sheehan, with noted editor/producer Derek Bloom, additional editing by John Diamond and Tod Hillman, coordinating producer Susan Haymer, associate producers Jeffrey Jacobs and Michael Vincent, and executive producer Kellyann Chippendale.

Contact: Stacia Brigham (714) 305-6945; staciapublicity@hotmail.com

Here is the official "AND THE WINNERS ARE ..." Full Show YouTube link: https://youtu.be/EFrdHilCu9A

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