86th Annual Academy Awards Goes Mobile

Oscar will be making his annual appearance this Sunday, March 2nd in Hollywood, a bit later than usual because of the Sochi Olympics. Hosted by funny lady Ellen DeGeneres, all eyes will be on the stars from fashion, hair, jewelry, shoes, winners, losers and of course the parties! Don’t be in despair if you won’t be rubbing elbows with the stars on the red carpet (I feel your pain) as Apple’s got your back. Whether you’re hosting an Oscars party or watching from home, these apps have every angle covered so you won’t miss the biggest night in motion picture history.

iTunes for the 86th Academy Awards

Still need to catch up viewing the top nominees before the big night? iTunes’s got you covered with a main page dedicated to the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Feature Documentary, Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song nominees.

Official Oscars App

Oscars (US App Store only)
The official Oscars app, is an all access pass to complete nominee lists, trailers, buzz worthy videos, hosted specials on fashion and nominated films and actors, and more. On Oscar night, get the ultimate insider’s view of Hollywood’s biggest night with more than a dozen live backstage and Red Carpet video streams. Free; Universal

Entertainment Oscars Coverage

OTRC: On the Red Carpet
On The Red Carpet Entertainment News brings you entertainment breaking news, video and photos from award shows and red carpet events, entertainment headlines and gossip, plus exclusive entertainment video, fully-optimized to enable the best iPad and iPhone viewing experience. Get information on when you can watch On The Red Carpet broadcasts in major markets across the U.S., and get the latest entertainment news from OnTheRedCarpet.com. Offering premium-quality entertainment content including top stories, exclusive celebrity interviews, TV show spoilers, photo galleries & live red carpet video. Free; Universal

E! Live from the Red Carpet (US App Store only)
This Live From the Red Carpet app lets you experience total VIP access to Hollywood’s hottest events, right at your fingertips. This app brings you celeb news, A-list fashion photos and interview videos from awards season’s marquee events. (And on the iPad, you can zoom in and check out every fab fashion detail in stunning high-res galleries.) Free; Universal

Watch ABC (US App Store only)
Live stream the 86th Academy Awards to your iPhone or iPad with the Watch ABC app. The only catch is that you must be a US cable subscriber with selected US cable companies. Free; Universal


Viewing Party Prep

From running errands and planning the menu to entertainment for the actual viewing party soiree, Apple’s got you covered.

Paperless Post – Free
Create a cute invitation, send reminders and track RSVPs. It’s Hollywood’s biggest night so it warrants some no-frills formality.


Epicurious – Free
Plan your recipe with this newly updated app that features a selection of Oscar Drinks and Oscars Snacks curated especially for this occasion.
Other options include Yummly, a newer crowd-sourced recipe app and Panna if you’re really looking to wow your guests; it’s ideal for a dinner party. Panna is the first-ever video cooking magazine.


Drync – Free
This wine app – which released an update yesterday – lets users scan and buy the wine the moment you try it. So whether you’re out to dinner, replenishing your personal collection OR are shopping online / spot a wine recommendation in a magazine- you simply snap a photo of the wine label. You can easily cross wine off the shopping list – just wait for the door delivery. Drync offers recommendations from top sommeliers and curates popular wines among the in-app community.


Great tool for making the best cocktails for your guests. Over 90 minutes of videos from world-famous bartenders, 200 recipes


Guess the Movie – Free
Celebrity, trivia anyone? YES, please. This is a fun way to put your guests’ movie knowledge to the test! Users must guess the movie by just looking at a poster.


Best Pic Recap on Apple TV – For a little refresh and to build excitment as you’re waiting for the big show, show trailers for each nominated movie on Apple TV.


Red Carpet to Reality

The average person may not have a glam squad or access to custom dresses, but these apps offer star-studded treatment!


Uber – Free
We may not have an entourage, but thanks to Uber, anyone can have a personal driver…at least for a ride.


Net-a-Porter – Free
Net-a-Porter helps make your mobile shopping experience fast, easy and engaging.


ShopStyle – Free
ShopStyle makes online shopping quick, easy and fun, giving you access to millions of products and brands from top retailers on your phone or tablet.


ASAP54 – Free
Now, you likely can’t buy (or even find) your favorite red carpet looks, but thanks to ASAP, you can snap a photo of the dress, shoe, you name it, and it will provide you with an edit of style-savvy matched recommendations.


Vensette – Free
Connects leading freelance hair and makeup professionals with individual and corporate clients. Or Beautified helps users find and book same-day beauty appointments through a database of spas and salons.

Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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