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Oscars, Sacha Baron Cohen and Stampeding Dolphins

Good morning!

The Oscars set social media abuzz with chatter on Facebook and Twitter.   The Internet-tracking firm Bluefin Labs counted 3.4 million Oscar-related comments on Facebook and Twitter, way up from 966,00 for the 2011 Academy Awards telecast. 

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The most buzzed about celebrity was Meryl Streep.  The 62-year-old actress won the third Academy Award of her career for her role as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."

Jennifer Lopez also had Twitter users tweeting madly over her extremely revealing wardrobe that they thought revealed more than even she expected during her appearance with Cameron Diaz to present awards for costume design and best makeup. 

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Many were convinced that Lopez exposed part of her left nipple during the presentation, but others disagreed.

A new Twitter account was inspired by Angelina Jolie's right leg.   She repeatedly exposed her right leg on the red carpet and later while presenting an award.  The new Twitter account
under the handle @AngiesRightLeg will send out mock posts purportedly from the limb. "I'm a leg, get a load of me!!" the user wrote.

(AP Photo/ Amy Sancetta)

The Artist may have claimed Best Picture, but Martin Scorsese's Hugo ranked as the most mentioned film on social sites. 

Supporting actress and actor winners Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer are the most searched Oscar celebrities on Google.   Spencer, who had been favored to win, gave a tearful speech, in which she thanked everyone, from her family in Alabama to the entire state of Alabama.   Plummer became the oldest-ever Oscar winner for his performance as a gay man who comes out of the closet after the death of his wife in the film, Beginners.  "You're only two years older than me, darling," he said to the 84-year-old Oscar. "Where have you been all my life?"

Before the show, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen set Twitter on fire by "accidentally" pouring what he called the ashes of North Korean Leader Kim John Il on Ryan Seacrest during an interview.  Security whisked away Cohen, who dressed as a General Aladeen from his upcoming film The Dictator.   Members of the Los Angeles fire department swept up the ashes, forcing some reporters on the red carpet to cut their interviews short. 


Cohen had originally been banned from dressing as his character for his red carpet arrival.  Wonder if he'll get another invitation?

Finally, "Who is Billy Crystal?" was another popular trend with tweets like "Is Billy Crystal a comedian or an actor who has been in comedies?" and "I'm 19, should I know who Billy Crystal is?" and "Who is this Billy Crystal guy and why does his face look like a sponge?" and "Who is this Billy Crystal, and why is he getting all this screen time?"   

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Billy probably should not feel too bad, as he has good company among the “Who is?” tweets.  The same thing happened during the Grammy Awards two weeks ago when Twitter users asked who is Paul McCartney? 

A view trending videos to note… First, amazing pin art has gone viral in a video that shows how it's created.


Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens is trending after scoring three touchdowns in an Arena football game.  Owens, who once commanded millions of dollars in the NFL, earns about $225 a game.


All I can say about this next video is at least they were on the ground.   Someone was rolling when a helicopter landed, and then abruptly fell apart in Brazil.


Finally, a huge dolphin pod stampeding across open water north of San Diego was caught on video. They were filmed from the Dana Pride, a whale- and dolphin-watching boat operated by Dana Point Whale Watch.


That's the trend!

Have a terrific Monday,






Frances Vandeburgt

Without Sasha Baron Cohen, the oscars would have been just another award show.

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