Oscars: Top 10 tweets of the night

Feb. 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

Show hosts James Franco, left, and Anne Hathaway are seen during the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. —AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

BY JAKE COYLE / Associated Press

As much competition as there is at the Academy Awards, Oscar night on Twitter is far more cacophonous.

Social network traffic soars during the Oscars, as viewers compare notes on the broadcast. The Academy Awards might be “movie’s biggest night,” but it’s also social media’s.

Multitasking co-host James Franco tweeted from backstage. Mark Ruffalo, nominated for best supporting actor in “The Kids Are All Right,” even tweeted his acceptance speeches hours before the ceremony, listing his thank-you’s since he didn’t expect to win.

But Twitter is ultimately for the onlookers, outsiders and comedians. Here are 10 of the best Oscar tweets from Sunday night:

“Is it me or does it look like James Franco would cut his arm off to get out of hosting the Oscars?”
— Kevin Nealon, comedian

“Watching the Oscars. Not crazy about the womb Natalie Portman’s baby chose to wear.”
— Conan O’Brien, late-night host

“I might switch over to the Puppy Bowl.”
— Rob Huebel, comedian

“And now, Gwyneth Paltrow, in a tribute to the saying ‘Don’t Quit Your Day Job.”’
— Andy Borowitz, comedian

“What I’ve learned so far watching the Oscars: I need to buy nicer envelopes.”
— Steve Young, “Late Night” writer

“Please have the baby right now, Natalie.”
— Michael Ian Black, comedian

“No African American nominees? If you’re black and want to make it on Hollywood this year, you better be a swan.”
— Bill Maher, TV host

“Daniel Day Lewis has the depth of commitment to the craft of acting to die just to liven up next year’s death montage.”
— Patton Oswalt, comedian

“This night will be a waste if Anne Hathaway and James Franco don’t do their hilarious ‘Who’s On Firth” bit.’ — Paul Masella, “Late Night” writer

“Stay tuned for the official Republican rebuttal to the Oscars shortly after the show.”
— The Onion

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