Oscar.com kicks off Oscar season with exclusive Billy Crystal video

A screenshot of the home page of Oscar.com. (ABC Entertainment)

January 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The Academy Awards and ABC Entertainment on Tuesday launched a website for the Oscar season, with an exclusive video of host Billy Crystal.

The website will feature live streams, behind-the-scene access, exclusive videos, photos and insider commentary, the Academy said in a press release.

"Last year, our team set the bar high in terms of interactive second screen experiences," said Karin Gilford, senior vice president of ABC.com Digital Media, in a statement. "This year we are taking the best of what we learned and are building on it."

Oscar.com has an interactive timeline and an official blog, which features red-carpet fashion trends and tips from chefs on hosting the best Oscar viewing parties.

The site also has a social media page, Oscar Buzz, which tracks comments from fans using #Oscars and #OscarBuzz.

Make your own Oscar picks:

As soon as the nominations are announced on Jan. 24, "My Oscar Picks" will go live. This interactive play-along game offers fans a chance to test their Oscar prediction skills. On Oscar Sunday, users will have the opportunity to play along during the telecast and predict category winners ahead of the opening of the envelopes.

Upcoming features planned:

On January 29, "Oscar Buzz" kicks off "Oscar Talks," a four-part video series focusing on the Actor, Actress, Directing and Best Pictures categories.

Entertainment Weekly's Dave Karger returns on February 1 to Oscar.com with "Nominated... with Dave Karger." The 10-episode series will provide the ultimate film buff's analysis of the Best Picture race.

It's all glamour and glitz beginning February 11. "Best Dressed" launches with Rachel Smith, host of "On the Red Carpet" (a KABC-TV production), doing interviews with stylists, makeup artists and hair stylists, as well as covering live events, and of course, offering post-show analysis of Oscar Night fashion.

The 84th Academy Awards will be presented on Feb. 26 on ABC7. Oscar.com will have live cameras on the red carpet, backstage and at the Governors Ball, and the live streams will also be available on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

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