Oscar preparations: Strategies for sleeping and social media participation
I’m probably the only blogger around who hasn’t written an Oscar prediction post and it seems a bit late to change that at this point. Frankly, I’ve had an overdose of it. I’m not into betting so I don’t give a crap about other people’s guesses.
But even if I’m not into the prediction business, I plan to follow the ceremony, and I need to prepare accordingly, making some decisions.
Living in a different timezone means that you must come up with a sleeping strategy. Since it’s scheduled to start at 2.30 am, the night between Sunday and Monday, it’s a bit rough on anyone who as a daytime work and hasn’t been able to take the next day off. So what to do?
One way to go is to turn the day and night around, staying up later and later the nights before the Oscars until you can remain awake throughout the ceremony and then go to work, using your best acting skills to hide the fact that you’re a wreck.
You can also go the opposite way, getting to bed about the same time as your six years old child (real or imagined) and set the alarm for a very early morning. Or alternatively you’ll skip the sleep and rely on coffee. We all know how difficult it is to fall asleep at different tme than we’re used to, so why even bother trying?
I’ve decided to have a go at the sleep-before-the-show strategy this year. I’ve heard so many pre-Oscar discussions on podcasts recently that I don’t feel as if I’m missing anything if I skip the pre-show talk. I can as well try to get a nap.
The next thing you need is a social media strategy. Where should I hang out during the show? Physically there’s no question about it; I will be half sitting, half lying on my coach in the living room in front of the TV with the labtop in my knee. But I’m speaking of the mental room. My attention span is limited. I can only follow that many sources of information at the same time, so where do I look and what people will I listen to?
The show will be broadcasted in an obscure Swedish channel with commentary by two Swedish hosts. Obviously I’ll be following this. Then there’s the Twitter feed in my phone that will explode as it always does on those occasions. A blogger I know will be live blogging and last year a lot of the Swedish film bloggers gathered at her place, chatting with each other. And then there’s the chat room over at the Filmspotting forum, I’m pretty sure I’ll meet many good friends if I pop in there tonight.
And so on. To summarize it, there will be more ideas and views flying around in the air than my poor brain can handle, at least at that time in the morning. I can feel my brain melting already, and the show hasn’t even started.
One way to go could be to take a timeout from social media this night and just watch the Oscar ceremony vanilla. But then again I’ll miss out a great part of what made this event fun to me last year: to meet up with film fans you know from all over the world at this ungodly hour, experiencing the same thing as they do at the same time.
Time will show where I’ll end up. Maybe we’ll meet tonight in a chat room or a Twitter feed during the commercial breaks (that’s what they are for.) A if not, we’ll share our thoughts the following days, in blog posts and comments.
Either you choose to sleep or not to sleep, either you decide to participate or to stay away from social media, I wish you a happy Oscar watching night!
See you on the other side!