Hot on the heels of the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences have updated their award-winning Oscar companion app this time with Facebook integration and Android support.
The app is designed to offer fans an inside look before, during and after Hollywood's biggest night. This is the third year that ABC and the Academy have worked together on the app and each year, the experience gets more refined and polished.
Before the Oscars, users can check the app to find out the latest Oscar news, watch interviews with insiders and access Oscar trivia. Users can also browse past winners, past red carpet fashions and famous Oscar video clips.
On Feb. 24 Oscar Sunday the app turns into a second screen companion with the Oscar.com Backstage Pass. The Backstage Pass will let users access over a dozen live cameras placed throughout the Red Carpet and inside the Dolby Theatre. Fans can also access the press room and see interviews with stars after they win.
Now on Android
This year, the official Oscar app is also available on Android and for the Kindle Fire. This is a big deal, if only because it further solidifys Android's dominance in the mobile space.
In our tests, the app offers a similar experience across platforms, which is great news for Oscar fans, regardless of smartphone OS preference.
Interactive Ballot With Facebook Support
A staple of the Oscars app is the ability to create your own Oscar ballot. This year, the app ballot is more interactive than ever.
When you select your choice in the app, an image of the film or of an actor/director appears behind your choice. It's a subtle, but very cool effect.