Zimbabwe: African Viewers to Get Oscar Experience

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The Zimbabwe Independent wrote on February 2nd that DStv will offer live coverage of the 79th Academy Awards. The pre-show and ceremony will be broadcast in the early hours of Monday morning, February 26 at 03:00am on M-Net Movie Magic (channel 4) on DStv. The event will be screened later in the evening as well.

As expected, Golden Globes winner Forest Whitaker earned a Best Actor nomination for his turn as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, while Irish veteran Peter O'Toole picked up his eighth acting nomination for Venus -- 45 years after his first, for Lawrence of Arabia. Heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio was also nominated, though, surprisingly, the third nod of his career came for the portrayal of a Zimbabwean mercenary in the adventure drama Blood Diamond rather than The Departed.