Oscar app for iPhone, iPod launched

1:56 PM PST 02/16/2010 by Gregg Kilday, AP

Academy introduces new app to track 82nd Oscar race

Oscar's got an app for that.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Tuesday that it has launched its first Academy Awards application, the Oscars App, free for iPhone and IPod Touch users.

Designed by the Los Angeles-based Omelet, the app offers users a nominees list for each of the 24 Oscar categories, trailers for the 10 best picture-nominated films, and the ability to predict winners in each of the categories.

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Users' predictions will be saved to a database that can be shared via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter as well as by email and SMS text.

"We want to connect with movie lovers wherever they are," Janet Weiss, the Academy's director of marketing said.
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