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Watch the #Oscars with the stars

Just like the movies that the awards celebrate, the Oscars show always delivers a mix of drama and comedy, suspense and surprises, and tears and cheers. As the audience in the Dolby Theatre claps, laughs, and cries, so do the viewers at home. Watching along with Twitter, you can have the best of both worlds: get insider access from stars who know the Oscars best, and join fellow film fans in a global viewing party.

From the red carpet to the Dolby Theatre to their own couches at home, this year’s live-tweeting cast includes:

Attendees: 
Helen Hunt, @HelenHunt (Nominee, Actress in a Supporting Role)
Kristen Chenoweth, @KChenoweth (Oscars pre-show co-host; performing at the Oscars)
Nina Garcia, @NinaGarcia (Marie Claire creative director, “Project Runway” judge)
Louise Roe, @louiseroe (Host, “Fashion Star” / NBC)
Krista Smith, @KristaSmith (Vanity Fair west coast editor)

Couch commentators: 
Katie Couric, @katiecouric (Talk show host, “The Katie Show”)
Carl Reiner, @carlreiner (Actor, writer, producer, author… legend)
Dick Van Dyke, @iammrvandy (Actor, writer, producer, director, acapella aficionado… legend)
Evangeline Lily, @evangelinelily (Actress)
Katie Q Lowes, @KatieQLowes (Actress, “Scandal” / ABC)
Arlene Silver, @speakyteeth (Make-up artist, Mrs. Dick Van Dyke)
Mary Alice Haney, @maryalicehaney (Fashion stylist + editor, Host of “Closet Confidential” / Style)
Matt Roller, @rolldiggity (Writer, comedian)
Erik Griffin, @erikgriffin (Actor, “Workaholics” / Comedy Central)
Heidi Klum, @heidiklum (Model, “Project Runway” host, designer)

For truly insider access, you’ll also want to keep an eye on a few other accounts. Host Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) and Producer Neil Meron (@NeilMeron) are sharing behind-the-scenes peeks at everything that goes into Hollywood’s biggest night. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (of “I’d like to thank The Academy” fame), the organizer of the Oscars, will be sharing awards news, presenter lineups, backstage photos, and all sorts of insider details via @TheAcademy.

To follow all these amazing accounts in one place, visit this page. To keep up with the whole conversation from stars and fans alike, use & follow #Oscars, or check out @ABCNetwork’s Twitter buzz page. With the Oscars just two days away, red carpets are being rolled out, gowns are being fitted, and speeches are being rehearsed.

Here are some sneak previews and perspectives from nominees (or stars of nominated films), in case you need any more reasons to get excited for the #Oscars:

The #Oscars will air on Sunday (Feb. 24) at 8pm ET / 5pm PT on ABC.

Posted by Kate Bowen (@kateb)
TV Partnerships

A look back at the Oscars

Tonight was Hollywood’s biggest night for celebrating film, and Twitter hosted a global Oscars party. Whether you were cheering on your favorite nominees or just checking out behind the scenes pictures, Twitter united the audience at home with attendees at the show, bringing them closer to the glitz and glam.

All in all, there were 8.9 million Tweets about the 85th Academy Awards: 2.1 million during the red carpet, and 6.8 million during the awards show. People at home (and in the audience) tweeted as the night’s most exciting and entertaining moments unfolded. The events that drove the most conversation on Twitter this evening, based on tweets per minute, were:

Best Picture award for Argo: 85,300 TPM
Adele performs “Skyfall”: 82,300 TPM
Best Actress in a Leading Role for Jennifer Lawrence: 71,600 TPM
Best Original Song for Adele: 64,000 TPM
Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Anne Hathaway: 60,400 TPM

For many, the Oscars aren’t just about film; they’re about fashion. And people on Twitter are quick to share their picks for best (and worst) dressed of the evening. Celebrities at the show and at home tweeted their favorite looks of the night.

As the winners accepted awards, celebrities both at the show and at home tweeted messages of congratulations and to their fellow nominees, co-stars, and industry peers.

Stars love giving folks a glimpse into their world, especially when they’re at an event like the Oscars. Twitter was like a backstage pass for folks watching at home who wanted an inside peek of the night.

Even though the Oscars are over, you can connect with your favorite film stars through Twitter all year. Follow @TwitterMovies for access to Hollywood’s brightest stars.

Posted by Fred Graver (@fredgraver)
Twitter TV

Twitter for Firefox OS

Yesterday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Mozilla announced that 18 mobile operators from around the world will support Firefox OS, its new mobile operating system that takes advantage of the power of the web. When those devices begin to ship, Twitter for Firefox OS will be available in the Firefox Marketplace.

Similar to our other mobile apps, Twitter for Firefox OS has a rich interface, featuring the Home, Connect, Discover and Me tabs, as well as the search and compose Tweet icons, so you can easily find and send Tweets from anywhere in the app.

We’ve also implemented support for a feature unique to Firefox OS: Web Activities. This lets you tweet photos directly out of any app that also supports web activities such as the built-in photos app.

We’re excited about the future of Firefox OS, and look forward to phones shipping with support for our new Twitter app.

Posted by Manuel Deschamps (@manuel)
Staff Engineer

An update to Twitter for Windows Phone

Today we’re introducing a new version of Twitter for Windows Phone. In addition to a new design, which brings the app in line with other Twitter apps, this update includes several features that make it easier for you to discover and share the content that matters to you.

New navigation. Four new tabs – Home, Connect, Discover and Me – bring you closer to the things you care about.

  • Home: View Tweets from the accounts you follow; tap a Tweet to expand it and see more content, such as photos, videos and website summaries
  • Connect: Keep up with your mentions; see who has followed you or retweeted or favorited one of your Tweets
  • Discover: See trends, and find new content on Twitter –– browse categories, find friends on Twitter and see suggestions for accounts to follow
  • Me: Read and respond to your direct messages; see your lists, favorites and more; view and update your profile

Tweet and search icons. Compose a Tweet or search from anywhere in the app, using the new icon buttons in the Application Bar.

Live tiles. Pin Twitter accounts, lists and searches to your start screen, giving you quick access to some of your favorite Twitter content.

Get it now to experience the best Twitter app yet on your Windows Phone.

Posted by Charles Wu – @ccwu
Program Manager, Mobile