The 81st annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, take place on Sunday. People seem to love that award show above all others for a number of reasons: Some love the films, some love the history, some love the outfits and some just love the drinking games you can play while watching (a shot for every television shot of Jack Nicholson, etc). Not surprisingly, Apple’s App Store is filled with iPhone and iPod Touch applications for all types of Oscar lovers.
Apple has actually complied a list of the applications it’s recommending you check out before the show. Seeing as an Apple recommendation can propel an app to stardom, I asked what the criteria were for selecting these apps and was told that it was nothing scientific, just a scan of the App Store for related apps that were getting good reviews. This sounds similar to the approach Apple takes when selecting which apps it will feature in stores and on its commercials — it’s all merit-based, which is refreshing. If you make a good app, you, too, have a shot at stardom (and the riches that can come with it).
And the awards for best apps for Oscar night go to . . .