Oscars 2013: Five must-have apps for the 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars are slated to take place on February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre and it seems that the awards fever has gripped all and sundry. This is the eighty fifth year of the Oscars, considered by most to be the most respected film awards.

The most notable thing for these awards this year is that they have been rebranded to 'The Oscars' from "85th Academy Awards". The Award ceremony is organised by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and co-producer of show, Neil Meron, mentioned in an interview that "85th Academy Awards" was too "musty".
Viewers from various walks of life are routing for their favourite movies via the social networking websites. It seems that the Ben Affleck's Iran hostage drama 'Argo' and 'Lincoln' are hot favourites for this year's ceremony. So if you too are looking at ways to keep yourself connected with one of the biggest awards show, here are top five apps that can help you.

1) The Official Oscars app
Platform: iPhone + iPad
Free
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The Official Oscars app helps you stay abreast with the latest happenings around the award function. So one can browse the nominations for this year's awards and even watch trailers of these movies. This app also lets one see the specials fashion and nominated films and actors. The Official Oscars app will also give you a glimpse of your favourite actors walking the red carpet and give you an opportunity to follow the winners backstage.
With the help of MyPicks section of the app you can cast vote for the movie that you think is likely to win the Oscars. You can also share your virtual ballot with your friends through this app.
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2) Awards Hero: Oscars Edition
Platform: iPhone + iPad
Free
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This is a free app for iPhone and iPad users. With the help of this app, the users can see all the movies that have been nominated for this year's awards and also vote for their favourite one. The users can also compete their friends by posting who they have voted for on Facebook and Twitter and create an Oscar Pool. However, this app is only available for viewers in US.
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3) Oscars 2013 News
Platform: Android
Free
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As the name suggests, this app helps you to remain in touch with the latest news around the Oscars. You can also watch a host of Oscar videos including the Oscars ceremony videos and news videos from varied sources.
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4) Oscar Trivia Lite
Platform: Android
Free
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So you think you know about Oscars? With the help of this app you can sharpen your skills even further and even boast about your knowledge of Academy Awards amongst friends. You can also challenge another movie buff through this Android app.
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5) The Oscars YouTube Tile
Platform: Windows Phone 8
Free
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If you are using the new range of Lumia devices and want to be abreast with the latest happening regarding the Oscar Awards this year, then this is the app for you. With the help of 'The Oscars YouTube Tile' you can stream new videos on the awards night on your mobile home screen. You can also search the most cherished and talked about moments from the 85th Academy Awards and share among your friends.
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Bonus app - IMDB official app
Platform: iPhone +iPad, Android and Windows Phone 8
Free
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If you have enjoyed the apps that have been listed above, then it is likely that you will love the official IMDB app. The app claims to have world's largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information. One can also check out movie trailers and reviews of latest movies and even give personal ratings to the movies. If you are a movie buff, then is definitely a must-have app for you.
Download (iPhone +iPad)
Download (Android)
Download (Windows Phone 8)

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