When Travel Delays Strike: How The Oscars App Saved Oscar NightMorgan Shanahan
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I’m a seriously undeniable film geek. I’m also a screenwriter and an entertainment blogger, so you can see where getting stuck in a Tennessee airport on Oscar® Night when I should have been at a viewing party in the Hollywood Hills would be upsetting for me in more ways than one.
Every year since childhood I’ve greeted Oscar night with a party. Whether it was the all stops pulled champagne parties my parents and their friends would throw, or the “gather at a bar to cheer on colleagues with the other below-the-liners” events I became more accustomed to in my own adult years, I’ve never celebrated an Oscar night without a drink in my hand and friends by my side. Until now.
OH. THE. HORROR. There were no seats near the TV and I couldn’t even drown my sorrows on Twitter because everyone was too busy live-tweeting–all of the live tweeting that I couldn’t participate in was just too much to bear. I was standing in line for some land-locked-airport sushi so I could drown my sorrows in Sake when I saw it, like a sign from Bette Davis herself. There was a girl sitting at a table not far from me who was watching the red carpet arrivals on her iPad. I had an iPad. I asked her what site she was watching it on and she shrugged — “It’s just the regular Oscars app”.
JUST THE REGULAR OSCARS APP? This was no regular app. Not only did I watch the red carpet live within the app, but I was also able to watch live press-room coverage of the winners as they came off stage. I live-tweeted like a madwoman. Even as my plane boarded and I moved from the lounge to the tarmac, I was lost in my own virtual Oscar party.I’ll always be a little grateful for that Oscar night spent in Tennessee, because now I know to keep my iPad handy on Oscar night. I’ve already filled out my in-app ballot, and they’ve also got a handy dandy nominee cheat sheet and trailers and clips for all the nominated films. It’s Oscar watching on a whole new level. Even if you’re watching on an airport TV.