Get backstage at Oscars with your iPad/iPhone

ABC is offering an iPad and iPhone app that shows exclusive footage from behind the scenes, while you're actually watching the show. Yes, a two-screen experience.

I need to ask you a personal question: when was the last time you had a two-screen experience?

I know you'll be able to fill the comments section with your interesting experiments--and hopefully there will be things like watching one movie at the movies, while watching another on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Thankfully, ABC is thinking of you, the multiple screeners, when it comes to Sunday's Oscars.

For you will be able to buy, for a mere 99 cents, the Oscar Backstage Pass app that will screen live backstage footage simultaneously while you're attempting to laugh at Anne Hathaway's scriptwriters' jokes.

Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

According to The New York Times, there will be more than two dozen cameras backstage, each hoping to capture Tom Hanks gesticulating wildly on the topic of Ricky Gervais, or Leonardo diCaprio explaining how it is he made "Shutter Island" and "Inception" and tried to play the same character twice and see if anyone would notice.

You will even have the chance to wander into the Governor's Ball, stare at the dresses, and, hopefully, see at least one or two stars who have let their hair down (I am not specifically referring to John Travolta here) and begun to sound like Marlon Brando in his mumbling period.

The Oscars' own Web site is also allowing you a peek. Though some might feel it has pricing ideas beyond its exalted station by charging $4.99 for its full 32-camera intrusion.

I do think of this two-screen action as a coming trend. Personally, I find watching "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" while writing elegiac poetry on my laptop an especially productive experience.

 

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