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Pre-Live Tweeting the 86th Annual Academy Awards: The Gravity of Living in the Moment

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Video killed the radio star decades ago. Internet killed everything else. Personally, it utterly destroyed living in the moment. Too often, as I watch my favorite television shows or awards shows I'm either "status messaging" on Zuckerbook or "live tweeting" on Twitter as the action unfolds. It's a wonderful interactive way of experience a show with million web crawlers, but it also crushes the wonderment of individually watching something intently. I bring this up because recently I live tweeted the Grammy's, and felt like I missed out somehow. Having said that, in looking back there was little to miss. On the contrary, when I opted to simply watch the Golden Globes, I found myself magically transported back to a time in which viewers actually viewed, and tossed their comments at the screen versus an entire online world. It was a majestic experience.

With that said, a week from today the 86th Annual Academy Awards are on, and I'm kicking it old school by simply watching them on my own. Me + couch = me + couch. That said, if Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve can prerecord performances celebrating the new year, why can't I pre-tweet my anticipated live tweets for Oscar night? Below, you'll find my top 86 tweets today -- likely out of order if you read them back on Oscar night. #itllbecloseenough #livinginthemoment #watchingtheshow #popcorn #stillskippingtheredcarpetcoveragesoidontdiealittleinside

8:30 pm

1. Here we go if Ellen doesnt vaccum its already a step up from her last time #oscars #ellen
2. Killer montage -- nice Seth cameo #familyguy #oscars #ellen
3. Nice opening from Ellen -- classy, funny, safe -- just what they wanted this year #oscars
4. McCanaughey may be the new Clooney or Jack -- camera keeps panning to him like royalty #oscars
5. Best sound editing -- and the #gravity train starts rolling #oscars
6. June Squibb is looking mighty fine tonight #oscars #justsayin
7. Best sound mixing -- I'd like to see #captphillips here but I'll say #gravity wins #oscars #2for2
8. First commercial break -- taking a Christine Lahti pee right now #oscars
9.. Here we go -- Anne Hathaway -- lets see if she can present without making it about herself #oscars #lesmis #boyhaircutintact
10. No one is touching Leto on this one. #bestsupportingactor #dallasbuyersclub #oscars
11. Let me know when Somali pirates are added to the Disney ride #oscars
12. Leto wins! Terrible hair right now, brilliant performance #oscars
13. Camera cut to Lupita #oscars #lovebirds
14. Nice tribute to Hitchcock -- much better than the turd they did for Bond last year #kimnovak #oscars
15. Makeup -- something tells me low-hanging balls of #badgrandpa will get overlooked here #oscars
16. 2 for 2 -- #dallasbuyersclub #oscars #makeup #leto
17. Costume design -- something tells me #hustle is about to win its first gold guy of the night #maybeitsonlyoneofthenight #oscars
18. Boom #hustle #oscars
19. Why can't Uma and Oprah present together? #oscars
20. Cool to see Karen O at the Oscars backed by Spike on guitar #oscars #whatisshewearing
21. Production Design -- I'd say #Gatsby may have this one #notgoingtobeherandthehighpantsjoaquinwore
22. And #12years pulls an upset #oscars
23. Tony Danza should've been nominated for #donjon #scarlettaswell #oscars
24. Here comes Christoph Waltz... Supporting actress -- Lawrence deserves it but cant see Lupita not getting it #oscars
25. Lupita wins! Camera pans to #leto but he's not there because he's in the back doing media #oscars
26. Camera keeps panning to Brad and Angelina also #noclooneythisyear #jacknoshow
27. These tributes to "heroes" are very good. Glad they opted not to show clips from NBC's "Heroes" in anyway, shape or form #oscars
28. Pink just nailed that #wizardofoz tribute
29. So glad Pharrell left the hat at home tonight #oscars #happy #parkranger
30. Documentary categories coming up -- I'll go with #actofkilling and #facingfear
31. Boom -- #actofkilling congrats #drafthouse #oscars
32. No #facingfear, #cavedigger wins #icantpredictdocushorts #oscars
33. Continual extreme close-ups #matthewmccomeback #oscars
34. So far, no Woody Allen jokes. Methinks none will come up #butifsethhosted #oscars
35. Live action short goes to Martin Short? #oscars
36. #ThatWasntMe wins Live Action; #GetaHorse wins Animated Short and I feel bad for not seeing either #oscars
37. Ellen is keeping a nice flow to the show -- next year it's got to be Timberlake hosting though, OK? #oscars
38. #VisualEffects -- why even read the nominees? #gravitywinsagain #oscars
39. Idina Menzel just brought the house down with #letitgo
40. I wonder what's happening on #thewalkingdead #oscars #dontkilldarryl
41. Let me know when Bette Midler's on so I can turn it off #oscars #zing #therose
42. #BestAnimatedFeature #frozen wins and no one is surprised except maybe #thewindrises team #oscars
43. Will Forte at the Oscars? Never thought I'd utter that line. #oscars
44. #ForeignLanguage film -- I'll say #thehunt wins this one #oscars
45. And it doesn't -- #othegreatbeauty wins #oscars
46. Camera has three angles tonight: #mcconaughey #thepitts and #bono #oscars
47. #cinematography is up next -- First upset of the night!? #nebraska over #gravity um, no #oscars #gravitywinsagain
48. Original Score time -- will #gravity win again? I think it deserves this but I love me some #arcadefire Go #her #oscars
49. Wow -- pretty surprising Alexandre Desplat pulls upset for #Philomena. He's overdue though #oscars
50. U2 hit the stage -- #ordinarylove sounds like vintage #u2 which is a good thing #oscars #itwontwin #frozenout
51. Best director this early? Nuts. I'm saying #gravity again
52. Much deserved #curaron #oscars
53. I want to be the third musketeer in this jonah/leo bromance #oscars
53. Best song goes to... #Frozen ? #oscars
54. No, U2 wins it! That's a shock... good for them -- they're royalty and #mandela sentiment runs wild #oscars
55. Not surprising PSH gets the most cheers during the #inmemoriam tribute -- such a tough year #oscars #gandolfini #hoffman
56. Film editing is next and whoever wins this takes traditionally takes home best pic #oscars
57. My gut tells me #gravity over #hustle and #12years #oscars
58. Boom... #Gravity takes another one #oscars
59. Bette Midler! #oscars #sigh #selfhighfiveshimself #misses
60. They keep cutting people's speeches short #imtweetingthisbecauseeverybodywillsaythis #oscars
61. Melissa Leo was great in #prisoners and that movie was great -- cant believe it got little love from the academy #oscars #leosadstillburnspeople
62. Where's Ellen? #shehasntbeenonin20minutes #oscars
63. Screenplay awards coming up -- I'll say #her and #12years respectively win #oscars
64. So awesome to see Spike Jonze win an Oscar #oscars #johnmalkovichwouldbepleased
65. The air in the #americanhustle baloon is officially deflated #oscars #silverlingswasbetter
66. Ethan Hawke is a three-time Oscar nominee #justsaying #noonesaysit #oscars
67. Did I mention June Squibb is looking sexy tonight? #oscars
68. Enough with these hero montages! #oscars #harrypotter #whereschewbacca
69. #theenglishpatient is still a terrible movie by the way #leftfield #oscars
70. Still looking for an upset tonight but everything is really playing according to plan. Will Amy Adams surprise? #bestactress #oscars
71. The Woody backlash won't prevent Cate from winning. It will, however, prevent Cate from probably doing another Woody movie. #discuss #oscars
72. Boob tape #amyadams #oscars
73. Daniel Day-Lewis always looks so happy -- so much happier than his look-a-like Morrissey #getthatguyalollipop #oscars
74. Cate wins! She was awful in #theaviator but totally deserved it for #bluejasmine #oscars
75. Nice speech by Cate -- best of the night probably #oscars
76. Another heroes montage -- It's Mark Hamil, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford together! #inmydreams #oscars
77. Best Actor is next. #oscars #jenniferlawrencelookshot #notashotasjunesquibb
78. It's between Leo and Matthew here, and I gotta believe it's #alrightalrightalright #oscars
79. Bruce Dern gets a nice pop from the crowd. #oscars
80. UPSET? No. Matthew wins! Much deserved. This guy is killing it right now #mud #hbo #oscars
81. Will Jonah still hang out with Leo even though he lost? #oscars #theresalwaystobey
82. First standing O of the night #oscars #justkeeplivin
83. Who will present best picture? I certainly hope it's not Jack and First Lady again #oscars
84. Insert legendary, iconic actor here to present best picture #oscars #guessingitsrobertdeniro
85. And the winner is... #oscars I'm still saying #gravity
86. #12Years! Upset sort of! #oscars #okmaybegravitywillwin

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