A Fun New Way To Watch The Oscars: The Award Goes To The Oscars App

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oscars-app-photoWe have an Oscars® tradition at our house we call Fashion Show. First we make a gigantic batch of guacamole. Then we eat ridiculous amounts of it as we watch celebs walk the red carpet and the kids rate their outfits. My son usually just says “Yeah!” or “Nooooooo!” My daughter gets into more detail, noting “Mommy, those feathers look funny!” and “How can she walk in those shoes?!” and “Can I have a dress like that someday?” (To which I usually reply, “Yes! Start saving now!”)

As a prize for their shrewd observances, my kids get… to go to bed! And then, once they’re tucked in, my husband and I hang and watch the show and I try not to get too excited when George Clooney makes an appearance. It’s always more enjoyable to watch when you’ve seen a bunch of the movies, and we’ve managed to see about half of the Best Picture nominees. This year, Oscar-watching’s going to be extra-amusing because I downloaded the free Official Oscars App (for iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire). It’s sort of like having your own Oscars host in your living room, only you don’t have to wear a sequined gown or air kiss anyone.

The app features lists of nominees, movie trailers, hosted specials on actors and fashion, cool retro photos of actors, even recipes for drinks and eats. You can also cast and share your ballot virtually with My Picks. On Oscar Sunday, I’ll be using the”Backstage Pass” feature for insider scoop on Academy Awards action. It has more than a dozen live backstage and red-carpet streams; you can even choose which cameras to follow. I am seriously looking forward to this, because there’s nothing more fun than seeing celebrities being themselves. Or being as much themselves as you can get at the Oscars.

Let the Fashion Show begin!

Image: Screen shot from the Official Oscars App

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