Cybertainment: Pose on red carpet with Oscar celebs

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Oscars night is only a few days away. So it may be time to give up on binge-viewing every nominated film and focus on the important stuff, such as studying for movie trivia quizzes and planning the snack menu.

That's where the Oscars website comes in. It has an encyclopedic amount of Oscars-related information, including an archive of Oscar winners and nominees dating back to 1929.

There are clips from nominated films, music highlights and advice on planning an Oscar party.

There's a new social media component this year: Twitter users can see themselves -- virtually, anyway -- on the red carpet with the glitterati. Start by following #TheAcademy on Twitter. Then take a photo of yourself dressed up for the red carpet, and tweet it using the hashtag #MyOscarPhoto.

Nominees, presenters and performers will pose in front of a video wall containing the tweeted images, which will be tweeted back to the people who submitted photos. Some photos will appear on TV during the Oscars red carpet live telecast, which starts Sunday at 7 p.m. on ABC.

Facebook members can fill out their own awards ballots and compare notes with their friends on Facebook.

For those who want to learn more about the lives of some of Hollywood's iconic leading ladies and award winners, the Biography Channel website has a collection of online video mini-bios of Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Hattie McDaniel, Meryl Streep, Vivien Leigh and others.

It also has a collection of written profiles of famous Oscar winners.

The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for the 2014 international Digital Emmy Awards and the winner of its 2014 Pioneer Prize.

This year's Pioneer Prize will go to YouTube for its contributions to the field of digital entertainment.

The Digital Emmys recognize work by international producers and include three categories: children/young people, fiction and nonfiction programming.

The awards will be presented April 7 at MIPTV (Marche International des Programmes de Television) in Cannes.

People looking for an app that strikes a balance between education and entertainment will want to check out Brian Cox's Wonders of Life.

Based on the BBC series of the same title, the app explores the diversity and complexity of life and nature around the world with stunning high-definition graphics.

It combines HD video and 3-D imagery for a visually arresting experience and offers articles by Brian Cox and BBC head of science Andrew Cohen.

It's a follow-up to Brian Cox's Wonders of the Universe, which Apple included among its best apps of 2012.

Wonders of Life is $1.99 for iPhone/iPad.

Adrian McCoy: or 412-263-1865.

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