The clock is ticking.
On Sunday, March 7, 2010, ABC will televise the 82nd annual Academy Awards from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET with hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.
If you find yourself away from your television set and still want to catch the live experience of Hollywood's big night, don't stress, there's plenty of available options to you online. This is the age of the Internet, after all; when all things are possible as long as you have access to a computer or a smart phone.
At Oscar.com , for instance, the official site for the 82nd Academy Awards, users will be provided with an interactive Red Carpet experience through ``Facebook Connect'', beginning Sunday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm PT, an online event which will be hosted by Lisa Guerrero and Brett Chukerman, along with "Modern Family" star Rico Rodriguez ('Manny'), who will be reporting live from the Red Carpet Bleachers waiting anxiously for the arrivals and the crowds' reactions.
In addition to watching stars parade down the Red Carpet, users will be able to read what other viewers are saying about the event through a Facebook's Connect application, while sharing their comments with other Facebook members.
And during the Sunday night ceremony, those logging on to Oscars.com will be able to view exclusive footage of backstage coverage of the night's events from the "Backstage Cam," capturing behind-the-scenes action; a "Thank You Cam'' which allows Oscar winners an opportunity to thank their supporters immediately after they've left the stage; along with the "Press Room Cam," featuring winners in the press area after they leave the stage.
As usual, the New York Times has rolled out a banquet of online coverage for viewers to feast on.
For beginners, The Carperbagger, Melena Ryzik is out in LA, and will be blogging throughout the weekend; as will A.O. Scott and others; and just on Friday, The Times launched an impressive interactive graphic that shows users all the major winners stretching back to 1975.
For those who like to compete, The Times has posted an interactive ``Oscar Ballot'' , that let's viewers see how they're doing with their picks compared with other Times' users.
The Times also will be featuring their robust Twitter module in which staffers like David Carr, Dave Itzkoff, Ryzik, Scott and others will providing up to the minute updates, comments, and observations.
Meanwhile, the L.A. Times has raised the curtain on a new celebrity blog, "Ministry of Gossip'' in which a group of bloggers provide users with the latest from the Red Carpet, inside tips during the ceremony; and slices of gossip from the Oscar parties.
The Times additionally unveiled a new film blog ``24 Frames'', which features the latest Hollywood news, videos from staffers, Oscar predictions and a ton of other informative tidbits.
The Times has assembled a striking blog `Gold Derby'' in gathering links to some of the best Oscar reporting from not only the Times but from other national publications as well. Viewers will also want to pop in on Pete Hammond's ``Daily Dose of Awards'' for the latest Oscar buzz.
The Washington Post will be feeding readers with Red Carpet updates and chime in about things as they happen on their Celebritolgy blog
And for those who only watch the Oscars to see which designers the celebrities chose, both The Washington Post and L.A. Times will be featuring fashion galleries on Sunday night.
While Hulu.com won't be providing live streaming, they do have a collection on of ``Oscar Picks'' on their homepage; and on Monday they will feature Barbara Walters Oscar special, including Red Carpet footage provided by E! and TV Guide as it comes in. A small collection of short clips will be streamed live on Hulu as early as Sunday night; with the longer versions available on Monday.
E! Online have a fun new gallery, Real Men Take (Red Carpet) Risks; and a Prediction Quiz, which allows the user to find out if they're a Box Office Brainiac, Red Carpet Rebel or a Total Indie Nut . And beginning Sunday, E! Online will begin posting their TwitPics.
Finally, the popular entertainment blog, Gawker will be blogging away beginning on Friday night.
If you're miffed I missed pointing out any other major Oscar night blogs, write your Congressman or Congresswoman; I did my best.
Enjoy the show!
- Douglas Fairbanks Sr. served as host when the first annual Academy Awards was held at the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929. The winners had been announced three months prior to this black-tie awards ceremony, where approximately 300 guests were in attendance.
NOTE: In order to give the Republicans equal time, Wendell L. Wilkie, the Republican nominee during the 1940 presidential election, was the principal speaker at the Academy Awards the following year.
- April 9, 1962: During the 34th annual Academy Award ceremony, Stan Berman, a notorious gatecrasher, managed to slip past 125 police guards and presented MC Bob Hope with a hand-made Oscar.
Crimes and Misdemeanors
- When Zbigniew Rybczynski won an Oscar during the 55th annual Academy Awards (April 11, 1983) for an animated Short Film (Tango), he became the first Oscar winner to spend time in jail the night of the Oscars. Rybczynski got into a fight with security guards after he tried to re-enter the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion after stepping out for a cigarette break. He was arrested and sent to jail. It was a brief stay. Once he was identified, charges were dropped.
Other Oscar Records:
- Wings is the only silent film to win an Academy Award (1927-1928).
Who makes the Oscar?
R.S. Owens Co. of Chicago
Dodge Tropy Co., in Carson Calif., about 20 miles from Hollywood, originally began manufacturing the statutes in 1931 until it closed its operations in 1984.
How big is the statue?
13 and one half inches tall; it weighs 8 pounds and one half pounds
What is it made of?
The exterior is gold plated.: 92.5 percent tin and 7.5 percent copper
What happened to the statutes George C. Scott and Marlon Brando refused?
In reality, their names were never engraved. They were immediately returned and put back in stock.
Are the statues copyrighted?
Yes. As of September 2, 1941, when the statute officially became copyrighted, Oscar winners were prohibited from selling their statute without first offering it back to the Academy for $10.00.
Also, since 1949, the statutes were issued a number, which started with the number 501.
Source: ``70 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards'' By Robert Osborne