New ABC-Oscars Site Launches

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By Richard Horgan Comment

We’re not sure who “Oscar Insider” is, but he-she-they have a unique claim to fame. As part of a new website officially launched today by the Academy and ABC Entertainment, they get to write for “The Official Blog of the 84th Academy Awards.”

FishbowlLA’s favorite blog entries are the ones showcasing older acceptance speeches. For example, before Marlon Brando took to boycotting self-congratulation affairs and sending Native American emissaries in his place, he was capable of being humbled like so many before and since.

There’s also some fun new video featuring host Billy Crystal and a gaggle of upcoming features: “Oscar Buzz,” a social media overview kicking off nominations day, January 24, with Shira Lazar; “Oscar Talks,” a four-part video conversation series launching January 29; “Nominated… with Dave Karger,” a ten-part analysis of the Best Picture race anchored by the Entertainment Weekly awards veteran; and “Best Dressed,” a fashion plate feature starting February 11 with KABC’s Rachel Smith.

There’s also a slick interactive timeline. Coming on the heels of the meek 69th Golden Globes, the new AMPAS “Digital Experience” is a vivid reminder of just how much seniority and prestige the Oscars hold over their HFPA cousins.

[Photo courtesy: Oscar.Go.com]