2 March 2023 – It's that time of the year again! The annual Oscars ceremony will take place during the night of Sunday 12 to Monday 13 March. This year, the awards show has an extra Belgian touch as the acclaimed film Close, directed by Lukas Dhont, is nominated in the "Best International Film" category. Telenet traditionally broadcasts the Oscars on Play More Cinema, but the live stream can also be followed on GoPlay. This way, the whole of Flanders can support Close. Should we call off Monday?
PANEL OF FILM AFICIONADOS
We hope you're well rested, as the award show starts at 1:00 a.m. local time. Half an hour before the ceremony begins, a panel of well-known faces and film aficionados, broadcasting live from Play Zuid in Antwerp, will discuss Close’s chances.
This year's panel comprises Jan Verheyen, Erik Van Looy, Robin Pront, Jennifer Heylen, and moderator Britt Valkenborghs. During the breaks in the US, the panel will provide live commentary from the studio on the top films and the show. And there's more: this edition, there will also be a live audience in the studio for the first time during the filming. Close's cast and crew will be watching the event -nearly- from the front row, in close collaboration with Lumière, the distributor of Close in Belgium.
"The Oscars are the only film awards that really matter, and the Oscars ceremony is the biggest film celebration of the year. This year is even more exciting because Close is in the running for the Best International Feature Film Oscar for Belgium. I look forward to experiencing and commenting on the live award ceremony with my colleagues from Play Zuid." - director Jan Verheyen.
"Football fans have the World Cup; we have the Oscars! I am so excited to experience this night, especially because this year is so special with a Belgian nomination. What the entire Close team is doing for Belgian cinema is incredible, and the Oscar statuette would be the icing on the gorgeous cake. Whatever happens, I'm going to cry."
- actress and presenter Jennifer Heylen.
AND THE OSCAR GOES TO…
Want to know everything Erik, Jan, and co are talking about? You can currently rent the (nominated) films below on the Telenet TV-theek.
Leo and Remi, 13, have been friends since forever. Until an unthinkable event drives them apart. Full of incomprehension, Leo approaches Sophie, Remi's mother. Close, directed by Lukas Dhont, is a film about friendship and responsibility.
Elvis describes the incredibly complex dynamic between rock 'n' roll legend Presley and his much-discussed manager Parker, from Presley's breakthrough to his status as a global superstar.
When a sadistic killer terrorizes the streets of Gotham City, Batman is compelled to investigate the case. That's when Batman and Commissioner Gordon become entangled in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game.
Triangle of Sadness
Carl and his partner Yaya have been invited on a luxury cruise. But when the yacht sinks in an accident, the couple, a couple of billionaires, and a cleaning lady find themselves stranded on a remote island.
Mrs. Harris goes to Paris
Step into the world of haute couture with Mrs. Harris goes to Paris! This film tells the story of a simple housekeeper, played by Lesley Manville, who trades her everyday life for an unforgettable trip to Paris to buy her dream dress from Christian Dior.
Play More customers can watch the awards show from 12:30 a.m. on Play More Cinema (channel 300 in Flanders and channel 320 in Brussels). Customers without Play More can easily stream via GoPlay.
If you prefer to sleep through the night, you can watch a summary of the Oscars on Thursday 16/03 at 11:05 p.m. on Play5, just after the Oscar-winning film Bohemian Rhapsody.