The Oscars are this weekend, and while the sci-fi and fantasy genres are generally absent from the best picture category, that doesn't mean there haven't been some amazing nominees in the past. Though not all of them actually took home the big best picture prize, queue up these geektastic films this weekend for a totally Oscar-worthy night in.
The Academy Awards are today, and we're celebrating the grand finale of award season with a LIVE Oscars show! Tune in as POPSUGAR's Lindsay Miller reports LIVE on the red carpet, while in the studio, POPSUGAR editors Annie Scudder, Becky Kirsch, and Matthew Rodrigues chat about everything from the red-carpet arrivals and show performances to the best acceptance speeches of the night. We will also be talking to POPSUGAR Fashion expert Allison McNamara LIVE from the Oscar red carpet as she anchors the first-ever Red Carpet Digital Lounge as part of the official Oscars Backstage Pass Experience. We'll be sharing all the highlights and biggest moments throughout the night, so tune in right here on POPSUGAR starting at 5:30 p.m. EST/2:30 p.m. PST.
Plus, we'll also be posting pictures of the action as it happens tonight. So make sure to check out the up-to-the minute red-carpet arrivals, vote on your favorite looks with our fashion and beauty polls, share your thoughts in the comments, and follow along during the show with our printable Oscars ballot. We'll also be sharing our own behind-the-scenes snaps from the whole day, so follow POPSUGAR on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram for the latest.
Don't forget to download the official Oscars app, and catch the Oscars today at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST on ABC!
A Philippines-based two-brother team started graphic-design studio Nicebleed in 2008 and haven't stopped producing Star Wars-, space-, science-fiction-, and comic-inspired art since.
Francis and Laurence Minoza use pen-and-ink drawings, watercolors, and digital and mixed media to create their eye-catching illustrations featuring some of our favorite characters from geek culture. Their latest designs are available as prints and on pillows, cards, totes, iPhone cases, iPad skins, and more on Society 6, and in what follows, we've rounded up the geekiest designs Nicebleed has to offer.
There’s nothing like the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when passing out gifts to the ones you love. Except maybe the incredible, thrilling rush that comes from scoring those gifts during the most invigorating shopping season of all!
This year, our friends at T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods are giving you more reasons than ever to celebrate your holiday shopping victories — by creating a series of fun and inspiring gifting “missions” that you can tackle weekly for a new chance to win!
Readers as well as our favorite lifestyle bloggers will be invited to participate in five missions across T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods stores, then simply share their experience via Twitter using the hashtag #TheGifter. Each week, one winner will be chosen to receive a $500 gift card! You can also visit #TheGifter holiday gifting hub to explore an ever-evolving gallery of amazing gifts at amazing values — check back often for fresh inspiration and fun ideas.
Make this holiday shopping season your most triumphant yet! The missions are already under way, so start making your gifting list, and click here for more details.
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Tech-savvy students, faculty, and staff members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology may be superadvanced when it comes to science, but a campus-only charm school — where megaminds get to hone their social skills — is one of the most popular things on campus right now.
Forget high-end etiquette like whether Americans need to curtsey to queens (they don't). In the MIT program, students who usually spend their lives in the labs learn about social niceties like how to shake hands properly, how to make small talk, and the basic dos and don'ts of table manners.
Holy gadgets, geeks! There was no shortage of new tech product announcements this week as we saw unveilings from HTC, Google Chromebook, and the one we were waiting for . . . PlayStation 4. Time to catch up on the latest news.
HBO is finally loosening up its tight grip on video streaming from the HBO Go iOS and Android apps. Movies, shows, and specials from the HBO Go mobile app can now be viewed on TV displays via wireless AirPlay (for Apple devices) mirroring or HDMI cable.
If subscribers want to watch the latest episode of Girls at a friends' house, they can stream the video to Apple TV by tapping the AirPlay button, which is found when double-tapping the Home button. Android users have to tether their smartphone or tablet directly to a TV with an HDMI cable.
This week, HBO President Eric Kessler announced that the app updates were intended to make HBO content available in more places. The new mobile features are convenient, but HBO isn't exactly opening the floodgates — a premium cable subscription is still required to watch videos on the apps.
When the Oscars go live at 5:30 p.m. EST / 2:30 p.m. PST, you can feel like you're right there on the red carpet, rubbing shoulders with Jennifer Lawrence and Ben Affleck, with an at-home, do-it-yourself Dolby Theatre.
A successful home theater system is a complete audio and visual experience. If you've got a big-screen-display-and-audio set ready to be installed, we'll show you how to set up an Academy-Awards-worthy home theater for your Oscar-viewing party — or, with a little bit of accessorizing, tinkering, and feng shui rearrangement, how to create one with existing equipment.
The Home Theater Trifecta
- TV Display — You'll need a big screen to watch the red-carpet bonanza and tearjerking acceptance speeches unfold. Large TV displays can cost a fortune (remember all of those quadruple-digit price tags at CES?), but there are solid smaller-size models that don't cost an arm and a leg, like the 32-inch Samsung UN32EH4003 ($284).
- Cable or Satellite — We've been talking about cutting the cable cord in favor of a media-streaming device like Roku, but those TV boxes are pretty useless for watching the Oscars. ABC won't stream the Academy Awards online, so you'll need a cable or satellite subscription this time around. Basic antennas [RCA Basic Indoor Antenna ($9)] are fairly cheap, however, and can be found at Target, Best Buy, Amazon, and other big-box retailers.
- Surround Sound — A good audio system can make you feel like you're in the audience next to George, Matt, and Brad. Ideally, a surround-sound experience needs two side speakers, two rear speakers, and one center front speaker. You can buy a complete theater sound set [Yamaha YHT-397 ($300)] or fashion your own with existing speakers using a male-to-male audio cable [Mediabridge 3.5mm ($8)] and an audio splitter [Belkin Splitter ($2)].
- Why Iron Man is objectively better than Batman — Cracked
- Apple's iWatch concept is real, and here's how it'll work — ReadWrite
- The FBI's real crisis: sexting — Newser
- Facebook's most terrifying button — FWD
- Seventeen people that need Google Glass — HuffPost Tech
- Say hello to the tiniest planet ever — Mental Floss
- Japan's version of LOL has a lot more Ws — Kotaku
- Statistician wizard Nate Silver predicts the Oscars — /Film
- Ten glowing geek-chic gowns — Brit + Co.
We may not be attending the Oscars this weekend, but we'll still be getting in on the Hollywood glamour by ensuring our mobile devices are ready to see us through the excitement. From official Oscar cams to our own POPSUGAR editors' live coverage, don't start the weekend without adding these five picks to your phone or tablet.
Read on for more essential apps and the sharpest robot this side of Tinseltown.