How the #Oscars unfolded on Twitter

Monday, 23 February 2015

Tonight, the stars shone brightly in Hollywood for the 87th Academy Awards (@TheAcademy). And as a vast array of actors and makers celebrated their year of filmmaking, the rest of the world celebrated alongside them on Twitter.

The show was filled with moments of laughter, triumph and reflection as host Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH), top performers and A-list talent took the stage. Here are the memorable moments that drove the largest spikes in conversation, measured in Tweets per minute (TPM):

  1. @LadyGaga performs, is joined by Julie Andrews
  2. Alejandro Iñárritu wins Best Picture for “Birdman”
  3. @PattyArquette’s acceptance speech for winning Best Supporting Actress

Throughout the evening, film fans turned to Twitter to convey their passions and share real-time reactions. The most Tweeted-about nominees/performers were:

  1. @LadyGaga
  2. @PattyArquette
  3. @JohnLegend

While performances and fashion always garner attention during Oscar night, at the end of the day it’s still about the movies. Here are the films that got the most mentions on Twitter:

  1. Birdman
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Boyhood

As the celebration and around the Dolby Theater buzzed with anticipation, surprise and triumph, so did we all. Here’s an embeddable heat map showing how the #Oscars conversation unfolded across the world:

How the #Oscars unfolded on Twitter

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A Twitter GIF Mirror in the Architectural Digest Greenroom went where the cameras could not, gathering exclusive moments with the A-list:

Lastly, the night wouldn’t be complete without the behind-the-scenes action and candor from the celebrities themselves — both “seat-Tweeters” (those who Tweet from their seat in the audience) and “couch commentators” (those at home). Here’s a selection of their take on the evening: