Oscars: Red Carpet class

The motion picture academy has tapped Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies, Variety columnist and all-around Oscars historian, to be the official “celebrity greeter” on the red carpet. Osborne will introduce and interview any celeb who stops by his post. We presume he’ll leave the breast-tweaking and underwear inquiries to Isaac Mizrahi of “E!”

Osborne takes over for veteran Variety Hollywood observer Army Archerd, a fixture at the ceremonies for decades who this year gets to take part in the arrivals from the other side of the microphone. The academy says even Army doesn’t know when he started that job. We hope he enjoys the evening off — and gets one of the best seats in the house for the ceremony.

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