via press release:
OSCAR.COM TO OFFER FANS SELECT REAL TIME OSCAR HIGHLIGHTS
DURING THE LIVE TELECAST OF TONIGHT’S 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS
It’s those rare, special moments -- the unexpected win, a nominee’s total, in-the-moment joy, a tearful tribute, or a joke that is so right on the nose – that we all hold our breath for on Oscar night. Tonight Oscar.com will bring viewers select “Real Time Oscar Highlights” almost instantly after they debut on the live broadcast, at www.oscar.com/real-time.
“There are always those high points in the show that people immediately want to see again, talk about and share with others,” said Karin Gilford, senior vice president of Digital Media, ABC Television Network. “Now fans can do that almost instantly on Oscar.com. We think this really rounds out our overall digital experience, which is designed to be the perfect complement to the live telecast.”
Oscar.com and the official Oscars app go to great lengths to engage fans, giving them unparalleled access to all things Oscar Sunday. As part of the “Backstage Pass,” there are more than 20 exclusive live cameras strategically placed on the Red Carpet, throughout the Hollywood & Highland Center and even in the Governors Ball, which is the official Oscar party of the night. Fans can either sit back and enjoy the action in “Watch” mode, or control the cameras they want to see in “Direct” mode. This year the Backstage Pass experience is hosted by comedienne and “The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd, actor and “Good Morning America” contributor Cameron Mathison, “What’s Trending’s” Shira Lazar, and Radio Disney’s Jake Whetter.
Another key feature of the digital experience is the official “My Picks” interactive ballot, which fans can use to go head to head with friends on their Oscar prediction skills. The ballots can be printed or used online. Oscar.com and the iPad app will refresh and calculate results as categories are presented. The game is shareable via Facebook.
To further capture the pulse of the night, fans can visit the Oscar Buzz page, which is the twitter hub for all things Oscars. The insiders tab contains tweets and pictures from nominees, presenters’ official accounts, as well as 20 surprise celebs that will live tweet from home. On Sunday, the page will feature a leader board of all the #bestdressed tweets. The top five will be featured on “Good Morning America” Monday morning.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.