Glam up your Oscars night with some high-tech help
What technology will you be using to track the Oscars this Sunday? It's the biggest event of the year in Hollywood, and celebrity watchers everywhere will be tuning in for the most salacious gossip on everything from red carpet outfits through to embarrassing speeches. This year, a variety of tablet and smartphone apps promise to enhance the experience. What's available?
Oscar Backstage Pass will provide access to live streams from cameras placed around the Oscars event so that you can watch live action behind-the-scenes. You get to choose which cameras you view from–just make sure that you are watching this on Wi-Fi, to avoid potentially crippling 3G access fees from our friendly telcos north of the border.
iPod Touch, IPhone and iPad - 99c
Live from the Red Carpet, produced by E! Entertainment, provides celebrity news, fashion photos, and interview videos. You can also access E! Entertainment articles about the event, and you can Tweet directly from the app as the Oscars play out. Oh, and let's not forget the 360 degree 'glam cam' for red carpet fashionistas.
IPhone, iPad, and Android - Free
Oscars CineClick 2011 offers real-time news about the Oscars, along with a history of nominees and winners. Trailers and trivia are also part of this app.
BlackBerry - Free
Vanity Fair has its own application, called Vanity Fair Hollywood: Oscars Edition. This is heavy on the social media side, with a Facebook connection that enables you to vote on the nominees and compare your pics with others'. You can watch trailers of the movies, and keep score as events unfold.
ipod Touch, IPhone, iPad - Free
Awards Guide: the Oscars features a database of every winner and nominee since the Oscars began, including this years' nominees. It has an integrated search engine to find nominees and movies this year, and will automatically download the latest nominations and results in real time.
Armed with these apps, you'll hopefully be ensured an enjoyable Oscars night experience on both the big and the small screen. Let's just hope that the various servers hold up under the beating they'll inevitably receive on Sunday night. Let the fun begin!
Danny Bradbury, MSN Tech & Gadgets