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Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Oprah to interview Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jonah Hill for Oscar special

Oprah Winfrey announced Thursday that she would interview Oscar nominees Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer (both from “The Help”) and Jonah Hill (“Moneyball”) for a two-hour special called “Oprah’s Oscar Special,” which will be telecast on the Oprah Winfrey Network — 11 days before the Oscars.

The two-hour special will feature “revealing” and “intimate” interviews with the nominees — as only Oprah can capture, her network says — as they prepare for Hollywood’s biggest night” — 11 days later.

This year’s Academy Awards broadcast is scheduled to air Feb. 26 on ABC.

Davis is nominated this year as best lead actress in a leading role; Spencer has been nominated in the best supporting actress category. And Hill — nominated for best actor in a supporting role – will talk with Oprah about co-starring with Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey’s Network said. (It is the first Oscar nomination for both Spencer and Hill.)

“Oprah’s Oscar Special” will be produced by Oprah’s Harpo Studios.

By  |  06:17 PM ET, 02/09/2012

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