Interactive Oscar

Today’s buzz is that Oscar is joining the YouTube generation with a reworked website that will include games, quizzes, an Ellen DeGeneres videoblog, and, perhaps best of all, a “Thank You Cam,” which will allow winners to continue their speeches off-stage. You can guess randomly at Oscar trivia questions and take a quiz to find your ideal Oscar date (mine was Renee Zellweger, then, oddly, the game selected Charlize Theron when I answered questions “requesting” a short brunette).

It’s easy to make fun of some of this stuff, especially when one of the show’s creative consultants comments that, “All of the major sponsors of the Web site are holding sweepstakes, so it’s very interactive.” Of course, thus far, the site offers a fairly limited range of interactive features. I couldn’t find chat rooms or discussion boards where fans could gossip about the Oscars or talk about other awards ceremonies (or whatever). All of the “interaction” seems to be directed back towards the show. But the video clips with many of the 177 nominees, including those in relatively minor categories, look interesting (with the added bonus that the interviews were produced by Errol Morris).

Plus, I’ve just taken the “What Oscar character are you?” quiz and discovered that I’m Atticus Finch, so everything is all right.


  1. zp Said,

    February 18, 2007 @ 1:51 pm

    There are few things as tightly controlled as the Oscars, I’d say. I want web simulcast!

  2. Matt Said,

    February 18, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

    Interactive Oscars? Hmmm . . . have you seen this?

  3. Chuck Said,

    February 18, 2007 @ 7:25 pm

    zp, I think Matt has the right idea. It will be interesting to see how the “popular” vote on the Oscars differs from the Academy voters.

  4. zp Said,

    February 20, 2007 @ 10:55 am


  5. Jim Said,

    February 21, 2007 @ 1:50 pm

    I took the oscar character quiz, too. I GOT HANNIBAL LECTER? What’s up with that?

  6. Chuck Said,

    February 21, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

    Wow, that’s pretty twisted. Of course, it could be worse, I suppose. At least Hannibal Lecter isn’t your Oscar date.

  7. Jim Said,

    February 21, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

    well–R just got Clarice Starling, so…

  8. Chuck Said,

    February 21, 2007 @ 5:55 pm

    Now everything makes sense.

  9. jillbryant Said,

    February 23, 2007 @ 1:14 am

    Hmm….I got Brad Pitt as a date which, of course, isn’t bad but…he was not at all what I asked for except brown hair and blue eyes which means this is as superficial as any real life dating.

    And, I ended up being Annie Hall and I was really pulling more for Trinity in the Matrix (first one only) or, at least, Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday.

  10. Chuck Said,

    February 23, 2007 @ 9:03 am

    Hildy (Rosalind Russell) from His Girl Friday is one of my favorite characters! In fact, I’m teaching HGF next week. Because I lost interest in the Matrix trilogy, I’d almost forgotten how much I liked teh first film when it came out.

  11. Chuck Said,

    February 23, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

    Adding another comment to see what’s going on with my sidebar. Comments are showing up in each entry but not on the sidebar. Strange. Anyway, Ill use this comment as an excuse to mention that a friend or two from my local paper will be liveblogging the Oscars.

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