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The Oscars App Might Make Up for Not Seeing Any of the Movies This Year

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oscars-appThe Oscars® has always been my favorite night on television. All the movies and stars I’ve seen all year in one place getting awards and accolades for what they do best— entertain me.

I used to be the person who threw an Oscar party every year, made everyone contribute cash for the pool upon entering my apartment and then kept the money when I won by a landslide. (Those suckers continued to play year after year!)

I wasn’t a fan of making hokey Oscar-themed foods but I did pop a ton of popcorn and always put out jumbo-size boxes of assorted movie theater candy— like Twizzlers, Kit Kats, Milk Duds, Snowcaps and my personal favorite— Goobers.

These days, I’m a little less invested. Mainly because I have two kids and I haven’t seen any of the movies (except Argo). In fact, I can count the total number of movies (Oscar nominated or otherwise) I’ve seen in the past three years on one hand.

But I still get excited for the festivities and watch them from start to finish.

By start, I mean pre-show. Half of the Oscars is assessing the dresses and it’s not the same if you wait for the fashion reviews to come out the next day. You must see the dresses for the first time LIVE on the red carpet.

This is one reason I’m excited about the new official Oscars app, which has a feature that allows you to see the red carpet from any camera you choose. Maybe ABC wants to follow Sandra Bullock’s black and white Chanel dress but you are more interested in Jennifer Lawrence’s Zac Posen. Or maybe you’d like to follow George Clooney every where he goes even if he’s wearing the same tux he’s worn the past eight years. This app is like your unofficial backstage pass. Which gives you almost as much access as Matt Damon’s mom. Or Ben Affleck’s cat. Or something like that.

Another feature of the app is their “My Picks” game which is like an Oscar pool with everyone you know in real time. It lets you make your picks for each category, updates the winners during the show as they happen, and then ranks you amongst your facebook friends. FYI- if you’re facebook friends with ME, you don’t stand a chance.

Other features include previews of the big show, detailed profiles on each of the nominees, and Oscar party tips. Like what to serve if you’ve decided to trap your guests in your house for several months a la Argo.

But I’m most excited by the prospect of using it to chat on Twitter with people who actually care about the Oscars as much as I do. My husband watches but not with the same kind of devotion. And it will probably be a few years before I can scam my three-year-old and my newborn into joining my Oscar pool.

But when that day comes, all the Monopoly money and the Hanukkah gelt will be ALL MINE.

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