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83rd Academy Awards

A 2011 awards show that will honor the best films of 2010.

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How to watch the Oscars AND have a life

  • Feb 25, 2011
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If you are like me watching the Oscars is more of a chore then an event. Have no fear, I'm here to help you save time and watch the show so you are prepared for the Monday morning water cooler. 

Step 1: DVR 
This isn't a super bowl so there really is no reason to watch the show real time. Just by recording the days event you can clip all the commercials saving yourself a good 30-40 minutes. (You would think the producers would do their best to make this the second most talked about commercial event of the year to increase viewer demand.)

Step 2: Skip the Thank Yous
Now that you've recorded the event you can fast forward through the endless Thank yous. You no longer have to wait for the music to play, with remote in hand you can boot the Celeb off the stage yourself. You can even pick your own music to do so.

Step 3: Let Social Media tell you what you need to watch
Let's be honest if all you wanted to know is who won or lost you could look those up after the show. But you and I both know that just knowing the outcome isn't going to impress your co-workers. Don't resort to watching every single segment of the show, you got better things to do with your time. Simply use Twitter and Facebook to figure out what the most 'OMG' moments are and fast forward to those parts skipping through everything else.

With this solution you can watch the show in under 30 minutes and walk away with all the important details you "need" to know.
And don't forget to add the 30 minute extension to the show... they always run long.
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February 28, 2011
I just wish I'd read this 4 hours ago. ;-)
February 28, 2011
I usually don't watch the actual live telecast but I just read about the good stuff the next day. Thanks for this!
February 27, 2011
I think the remote comes in handy during this time of the year! ;-)
February 27, 2011
nice job
February 25, 2011
nice tips jim.... but come on... what about the 2+ hours of red carpet hype? I know you're dying to watch to see who everyone will be wearing.
February 25, 2011
Hahahaha, thank you! That's impressive that you have this down to a science and can catch it in under 30 minutes. Maybe this should've been called, "How to Watch the Oscars in Under 30 Minutes". How efficient :P
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I am a day late and a dollar short. Make that ten dollars if gas prices are in any way indicative of the near future. I made my predictions on the cheap: As I saw the Oscars on Sunday night, which isn't to say I didn't do well. I actually guessed every major category except Best Supporting Actor, and I fudged on that one in a big way. Now that the red carpet has been rolled up, and it surely has been sent to the dry cleaners, it's time to clean up--even if it's an insult to the lot …
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I can't remember when I first began watching the Oscars.  But I do recall that the part I enjoyed most about it was trying to guess who would win and who would not.  It's one of those things that is attractive about the Oscars.  This year the show was very different.  There were still a few surprises.  Although the big awards were a little less so in one area (that in hindsight might be obvious, and we'll get to that).      Let's begin …
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The 83rd Academy Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best films of 2010. The ceremony will take place on February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. During the ceremony, AMPAS will present its annual Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 competitive categories. The ceremony will be televised in the United States on ABC. Actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway will co-host the ceremony, marking the first time for each. Nominations for the 2010 awards were announced on January 25, 2011. The film receiving the most nominations was The King's Speech, with twelve.
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