This weekend, the stars will all be out to celebrate the 82nd annual Academy Awards ceremony, which will be broadcast on ABC beginning at Sunday, March 7 at 8pm EST/5pm Pacific. And while this year’s Oscars ceremony won’t be streamed live online, there will be plenty of additional online video streams to accompany the event before, after, and even during the show for movie fans seeking distraction from inane red carpet chatter and the inevitable montages.
To start with, the Academy is getting into the live streaming game this year, as reported by Liz over at GigaOM. Oscar.com, which is jointly produced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and ABC, will play host to an “interactive video stream” from 3pm to 5pm PST that will connect with Facebook and allow Oscar viewers to chat with each other and submit questions to their favorite stars as they walk the red carpet.
In addition to its red carpet coverage, Oscar.com will also provide a “behind the scenes” look of the event with an exclusive “Backstage Cam,” as well as a “Thank You Cam” allowing viewers to watch winners give extended thanks. Oscar.com will also have footage from the press room, featuring winners after they’ve left the stage.
Oscar.com won’t be the only place to catch star coverage before the show. The AP will also be hosting a live video stream from the red carpet from 3pm PST to 5pm PST on Sunday. The AP’s coverage will be made available with a new embeddable video widget that features live video feeds, social sharing, on-demand clips, photos and other major entertainment news. The AP Live video will be delivered via Livestream and can be viewed in the embedded player below or at www.livestream.com/theoscars.
AT&T is also offering some interesting coverage, with a new app that is available on iPhone and iPod Touch mobile devices, as well as through its U-verse TV offering. The AT&T Film Awards app will let users read nominee bios, view a list of nominees, view movie trailers for nominated films and see results as they are announced. The app is available at the iPhone app store, or on U-verse TV channel 95. AT&T notes that in addition to its app, Vanity Fair Hollywood and The Oscars also have iPhone apps available.
Check back, as we’ll be updating this post as more live video feeds are added before, during, or after the event.
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