Last week’s Academy Awards ceremony was a veritable explosion of star-studded, red-carpet fodder for this week’s column. So in keeping with tradition, the Academy of Surfin’ Safari is proud to present the gold-flecked GS, or “Golden Surfboard” to the most sparkling glitterati. The envelope please …
According to Twitter, there were 6.8 million tweets during the Academy Awards event, and another 2.1 million tweets during the red carpet pre-show. Nominees for the gold GS for “TPM or Top Tweets Per Minute” are:
Adele for her performance of “Skyfall”: 82,300 TPM
Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress in a Leading Role: 71,600 TPM
Adele for Best Original Song: 64,000 TPM
Anne Hathaway for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: 60,400 TPM
In our newest category, “Best Snark Reporting” of the night, we have a tie. The glittering GS goes to Kevin DuJan for Hillbuzz.org, and Nikki Finke for Deadline Hollywood. In a sub-category, the award for “Best Oscar Comment” goes to an unidentified contributor who wrote: “Next year’s nominee for best actress for portraying a first lady, Michelle Obama.”
Rush Limbaugh remarked on the irritation viewers felt about Mrs. Obama’s use of military personnel as staging for her appearance: “If you look at that, if you saw it, that screen on that stage, Moochelle and the military people, gosh, they weren’t even referenced, those military people. I don’t know what that was. Was it a cocktail party? I think they were props.”
Search engine Google also tracked Hollywood’s search spikes. The top ones:
Star Trek character Captain Kirk’s appearance spiked 1,500 searches a minute. Michelle Obama peaked at 4,500 searches a minute. “Has there ever been a tie at the Oscars”: 5,000 a minute.
Related: A lengthy report of nearly 250 campaign bundlers who each raised at least $500,000 for the president includes actors Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, Eva Longoria, Wendell Pierce and Academy Awards film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Hungarian physicist Albert-László Barabási says we are all separated by only 18 others in the cyberworld. How does he know? He created a model that traced the interconnecting points, or nodes, of the Internet’s 14 billion pages.
“Barabási says this ‘small world’ of the web shows how we tend to group into communities in the virtual world as in real life,” according to a published report. “These nodes serve as the ‘Kevin Bacons’ of the web, allowing users to navigate from most areas to most others in less than 19 clicks.”