Online Oscar Night Survival Guide

The Web is full of accessories to watching the Academy Awards this weekend, from iPhone apps to streaming on sites.

By Brennon Slattery, PC World |  Internet, entertainment

Oscar parties are fun -- boozing it up with friends, gorging on seven-layer taco dip, shouting at the TV when your favorite Hollywood star mounts the stage -- but the show itself can be excruciating. Long sentimental speeches paired with the host's unfunny jokes could slip you into a coma. However, there's a workaround: the Internet, of course!

From online polls to streaming coverage to iPhone apps, multimedia has a lockdown on the Oscars.

The Prep

First off, head over to Chiff.com for a printable tally sheet of nominees to organize your Academy Award picks. (click on the reproduction here for a closer look.)

Chiff.com also has a bunch of suggestions for pimping out your party, like tacking up movie posters and prepping elaborate meals.

Are you more inclined towards intoxication to help you through the night? Check out these Oscar-themed drinks at the site That's The Spirit.

The Sites

With so many Oscar-devoted Web sites out there, it's hard to narrow down the most useful and engaging.

Obviously the official site, Oscars.org, features the most comprehensive examination -- but it's a bit bland. The science of movies? Zzzzz.

The Envelope, one of the LA Times' blogs and my personal favorite Oscar site, hosts a slew of snappily-written pieces that are sure to grab your attention, like an article explaining how the best picture is picked, and a great use of intelligent multimedia, like its video roundtable of directors including Quentin Tarantino and James Cameron.

Want more snark? Keep an eye on sites like Gawker's Defamer blog (with its foul-mouthed guide to winning your Oscar pool) who will live-blog the Oscars, and Perez Hilton (barf), who live-blogs everything, for instantaneous updates designed to tear apart celebrity souls.


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