How To Watch the Oscars



It’s a little late, but you’re prepared for next year: the best way to watch the Oscars is online. This way you can put it in a different tab, work on something else, and when you hear that some celebrity or something interesting is introduced-BOOM, it’s right there!

Now I’m actually kind of a fan, just because of my love of movies, writing and my desire to either one day win an award or host the show. My method of viewing is inspired by the fact that I don’t have television and if I did, I probably would have watched the entire broadcast on the couch with a bag of chips. But I don’t have a TV and I had work to do. A blessing in disguise.

This way I could watch the opening and make my own review of Seth McFarlane*, switch tabs when Jennifer Garner and Jessica Chastain were presenting**, and check out some of the musical numbers. I got to hear who won all the awards and see the ones I wanted to see. Christoph Austrian Guy What’s His Name was very charming. Anne Hathaway** was really sweet. And the dude that won for Cinematography for Life of Pi should cut his hair.

Ok, so now here’s the problem with watching online-it wasn’t official. It was one of many bootlegs I found listed that were 90% scams. And the connection went dead about half way through. So what did I do. I panicked…not. I turned on music and read the news a couple of hours later to see who won. I’m sure Daniel Day Lewis was eloquent..blah blah blah,

Now here’s the crazy thing.


Yep, now you can see them for free and watch their ads. Why couldn’t they do that last night? The Superbowl did it, so another Giant of Viewership has already treaded that territory. By coincidence my dad and I were talking yesterday afternoon about the fact that some shows are online and some not. Who decides?  The movies are already embracing change and releasing films on DVD and iTunes the same time they hit theaters. What’s wrong with TV? Do they always have to be backwards? Aren’t they already embarrassed by the fact that no TV show has every really made a good movie. (I know you’ll find some, I just thought of The Simpsons, but go with the joke.)

If anyone knows why things aren’t shown online, please let me know. I’m a naturally nosy  curious person.

And now for some random thoughts.

*Who really didn’t think Seth McFarlane wasn’t going to say something in bad taste? HE’S BEHIND FAMILY GUY. I liked it that he sang but he’s just not been on stage long enough to know how to do it well. Is it true, like he said, that he was chosen after a lot of other tries?

**um, yummy. And the Huffington Post today declared “Anne Hathaway ‘Nipples’ On The Oscars Red Carpet Are Super Distracting.” I couldn’t find if a man or woman wrote that, but I believe that depends on your point of view. Again, yummy.

Why did the orchestra have to be in the Capitol building?  Knowing musicians as I do, I can only guess that they didn’t want them to eat all of the craft services catering. Seriously it would have helped the performers out a whole lot.

Come on, ABC, next year let’s see ’em live!