We have winners! The 82nd Academy Awards culminated with one major upset—The Hurt Locker took home the Oscar for Best Picture. Other major category winners include: Jeff Bridges for Best Actor, Sandra Bullock for Best Actress, and Kathryn Bigelow beat out ex-husband James Cameron for Best Director, becoming the first woman in history to take home the award. Here are some Oscar-themed apps that will hopefully be around come next year's awards ceremony.
L.A. Times’ “The Envelope”
Do you get chills when you hear the words “the envelope please?” Then you most definitely need the free Los Angeles Times’ “The Envelope” iPhone app. This inventive app gives you $10,000 to invest in a portfolio of predicted Oscar winners in a virtual Academy Awards stock market. Watch as your pick’s stock rises or falls. You can also access all the latest movie buzz news straight from the iPhone app.
Vanity Fair Hollywood
Much like “The Envelope,” the free Vanity Fair Hollywood iPhone app also lets you predict your favorites for Oscar-winning history. However, Vanity Fair stepped it up a notch with photos and video, coupling its news section and a Facebook chat section to go along with its prediction leader boards. You can also create your own group by inviting your Facebook friends, similar to any sports betting pool. If you must, you can also check out the blatant advertising of the L’Oreal Gift Bag section on the iPhone app.
The Red Carpet
Talk about putting your money where your mouth is! The Red Carpet iPhone app ($1.99) gives expert Oscar predictors a chance at winning $1 million. Just fill out your picks and if they all take home a statue, you will be entered for a chance to take home a movie star-sized paycheck. This stellar Oscar-themed iPhone app is a comprehensive guide of hopeful Oscar nominees, complete with movie previews and the ability to add movies to your Netflix queue. The iPhone app also includes the requisite buzz section with up-to-date movie news.
Oscar Pool 2010
If you aren’t a Facebook fanatic and you are looking for a simple way to create an Academy Award pool without telling the social media world, then check out the Oscar Pool 2010 iPhone app (99 cents). It’s a straightforward iPhone app designed to tally predictions and measure your success against your movie savvy friends. Just email your friends an invitation and start predicting. An added bonus, you have the choice to enter in the full challenge or just the Top 10 category. Because sometimes we just don’t really care about scores, costumes or makeup.
Hollywood Trivia: the Oscar Quiz
If you are an Academy Awards history nerd, check out the Hollywood Trivia: the Oscar Quiz iPhone app (99 cents) and test your knowledge. The quiz is multiple choice and records the World Top 20 scores from the past three days' worth of quizzing.
Awards: Oscar Edition
If you are having trouble acing the Hollywood Trivia iPhone app above, check out the Awards: Oscar Edition iPhone app (99 cents). This app has every nomination since 1927! You can also search by year, movie or recipient, and record your picks for this year’s Oscars.