You have to give the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences credit for keeping up with the latest social media. The Oscars have come a long way from their first dinner recognizing the best in film industry in 1927.
Those 1927 honorees could not have imagined the changes in technology, allowing movie buffs to be closer than ever to the Academy Awards. For the first time, Oscar fans watching the “Oscars Red Carpet Live” show on March 2 on ABC will have the opportunity to see themselves next to the stars on the red carpet through Twitter.
Starting Tuesday, fans who follow @academy and tweet a red carpet-ready photo of themselves using hashtag #MyOscarPhoto will be eligible to have their photo featured on the red carpet.
On Oscar Sunday, arriving nominees, presenters and performers will pose in front of a video wall showcasing fan-submitted photos and generating unique images that will be tweeted back to the original submitter through the @MyOscarPhoto Twitter account. Additionally, some of the submitted photos will appear on the “Oscars Red Carpet Live” beginning at 4 p.m. PT.
To be eligible, fans must sign the online release form located at www.oscars.org/MyOscarPhoto.
Historical interactive timeline
The Academy Awards website has an interactive “Oscar History” to explore. Fans can see for themselves how the Oscars have evolved.
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Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network.