Oscar, Meet Social Media

by Briana Campbell (@MsMatchGirl)Last night was the 83rd Annual Academy Awards and this year, more than any before, social media played a huge part.

by Briana Campbell (@MsMatchGirl)

Last night was the 83rd Annual Academy Awards and this year, more than any before, social media played a huge part.

Host and nominee James Franco walked onto the stage with his phone in hand and, anyone who follows him on Twitter knows, was actually updating his Twitter status as he stepped onto the stage for the first time. He also live-blogged the event, posting videos from backstage and fast moments with people who the television audience rarely sees.

A few different Tech and Digital blogs posted infographics predicting winners based on Facebook and Twitter chatter.

So. How did social media do when it came to predicting the winners?

Meltwater, who’s track record was less than stellar when it came to predicting the Grammy Winners, predicted James Franco for Best Actor (127 Hours), Natalie Portman for Best Actress (Black Swan) and the King’s Speech for Best Picture.

The gang over at Mashable had similar predictions for the big three winners, but picking Inception to win for Best Picture.

But Online Schools had the top three locked. They predicted all three of the big three awards: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) for Best Actor, Natalie Portman (Black Swan) for Best Actress and The King’s Speech for Best Picture.

A full list of the 83rd Annual Academy Award Winners here.

As I watched the Oscar broadcast, I sat with my laptop open and my Twitter feed and Facebook accounts streaming in front of me. While I think it’s fun to see what the people in your inner-circles (or that you respect/admire/find interesting enough to follow on Twitter) are saying – chances are that it’s not too different from what you have to say. It was entertaining for me to follow the #oscars hashtag and see what people were saying who were not of the mindset that I have. And, on a personal note, it was really exciting to see my friend, filmmaker and Academy Award Winner Luke Matheny (Best Live-Action Short, The God of Love) go from a guy with 100 Twitter followers to a trending topic and get over 1,000 followers in a matter of minutes.

So? How did you do when it came to predicting the Oscar winners? Did you make predictions based on films you had seen, word of mouth or what the critics had to say? Were you like me, absorbing a lot of media all at once while viewing the show? Or did you disconnect and just enjoy the show for its traditional campy fun?

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