Fun Android apps for Oscar night 2012

by Kristen Nicole

You’ll be hard-pressed to find an Android app that’s streaming the Oscars live this coming Feb. 26th, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have as much fun as your iPhone counterparts on Oscar night. The 84th annual Academy Awards is one of the glitziest events of the year, and is the Super Bowl of Hollywood elites and marketers. Film buffs, gossip junkies and everyone in between will be tuned in on Oscar night, and your Android’s second screen provides the perfect venue for nabbing a front row seat.

Live From the Red Carpet (free)

The closest thing you’ll get to live coverage of Oscar night, E! Entertainment’s Live From the Red Carpet app for Android has been updated for the 2012 Academy Awards. It even comes with live wallpaper and a photo widget for your home screen, providing instant access to glammed-up celebrities that have made the walk down the famously red carpet. Follow E!’s coverage with celeb news, fashion photos and interview clips, and enjoy the GlamCam, a futuristic spin on fashion photos. Between seeing the best and worst-dressed, you’ll also get news of Oscar winners and other show highlights.

IMDb Movies & TV (free)

For film buffs and anyone who wants to verify Hollywood facts from fiction, IMDb is a useful app to have on standby during and leading up to the Academy Awards. This extensive database provides instant information on everything related to the movies, with profiles on actors, directors and producers, as well as film synopses, entire filmographies and photos. IMDb is also a handy news hub, full of info on Oscar nominees. Additionally, you can get local showtimes for nominated films so you can check them out before awards night. Be the smartest, most prepared film lover at this year’s Oscar party.

TCM - Turner Classic Movies ($1.99)

The Academy Awards comes with a history nearly as old as Hollywood itself. There’s been plenty of definitive Oscar moments that changed our perspective on society, life and even the film industry. True film lovers appreciate the years of evolution that have led to today’s Hollywood scene, and TCM’s Android app is the perfect companion for anyone interested in the industry’s history. Every year TCM celebrates the Academy Awards with its “31 Days of Oscar” series, playing notable films from every era (yes, color movies too) that made an impact on the guild. The best thing about TCM is the briefing you’ll get (usually with host Robert Osborne), offering the context for every film in this promo.

Vanity Fair Hollywood (free)

Make your vote count for Oscar night, with Vanity Fair’s Hollywood app, updated for the Academy Awards 2012. The Conde Nast publication has released a ballot app for Android, displaying every Academy Award nominee alongside Vanity Fair’s capsule reviews for each contender. You’ll get trailers for all the nominated films, and the option to vote for your favorite in each category. See Vanity Fair’s editors’ picks, and on Oscar night you’ll also see the leaderboards amongst your friends, all sharing votes through Twitter and Facebook. Pull up the Buzz section for tweets from Vanity Fair editors, including exclusive updates from their annual Oscar party in Hollywood.

GetGlue (free)

The Foursquare of media, GetGlue tends to get a great deal of activity for big TV nights. Check-in for the Academy Awards, and amass stickers for your favorite films as well. Several of this year’s nominees have already been released on DVD and Blu-ray, so you can show your support with a check-in on GetGlue. See others’ reviews and determine which nominees’ films are worth a watch. Last year, GetGlue teamed up with the Oscars and other brands for specialized badges, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see similar promotions on GetGlue this year.