Groundhog's Day is over (with, apparently, more winter on its way), and let's face it, there's not a whole lot to be excited about in February. Except for the bloated, yearly spectacle called the Academy Awards. While Hollywood pats itself on the back, offices around the country throw in cash and take their best shots at guessing who will carry home a golden statue.
We won't attempt to make any picks, as we're saving those for our office Oscar pool. But, like every other Oscar nut, we can't get enough information about the actors, actresses, directors, writers and producers that are vying for awards. As you know, there's no faster way than Twitter
to get up-to-the-minute information. So here's our list of Oscar nominees that you should follow, and a few that we wish were part of the Twitterverse.
Jason Reitman: director of 'Up in the Air'
helmed one of our favorite films of 2009. Coaxing wonderful performances from George Clooney and Vera Farmiga, while being the son of a famous director
, is no small task, but he's pulled it off with flying colors. He's not too bad on Twitter, either, and he frequently updates to let us know when he visits the happiest place on Earth.
Eli Roth: actor from 'Inglourious Basterds'
delivered an unforgettable performance in Tarantino's latest blockbuster as a hulking Hebrew with a vendetta. His tweets might not stick in our minds quite as long as his performance as the Bear Jew, but it's still loads of fun to check out his doppelganger photo, or his take on popular catchphrases.
Samm Levine: actor from 'Inglorious Basterds'
, the second Basterd on our list, utilizes his Twitter account to show us he has a sense of humor. For instance, he's got a Krusty the Clown background and posts such hilarious (and probably true) observations as: "Every time I try to type Sundance on my iPhone, it's pretty sure I'm trying to type Sundanese. Nicely done, Apple."
Zoe Saldana: actress from 'Avatar'
No Oscar list would be complete without mentioning the elephant in the room – 'Avatar.' Saldana, or the blue girl
with whom the marine falls in love, is relatively new to tweeting. But she gives it her best, encouraging folks to donate to Haiti relief funds, while still finding time to update from Cabo. Hey, it's tough being a star in 'The Biggest Film of All Time.'
Anna Kendrick: actress from 'Up in the Air'
Much as she steals nearly every scene, Kendrick
is regularly the star of our Twitter feeds, too. Best of all, there's still an amount of wide-eyed wonder to this young lady. You can tell it by reading tweets like: "Now on the sincerest note I can muster, I have SO much to be thankful for this year. I hope everyone is having a wonderful thanksgiving." It's downright refreshing, and adorable, too.
Gabourey Sidibe: actress from 'Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire
We haven't seen 'Precious' yet, but it's not for a lack of interest. We're just not sure if we'll be able to handle Sidibe
's performance, which, by all accounts, is heart-wrenching. With just over 300 followers, Sidibe is flying under the micro-blogging radar. If the buzz we've heard about her is any sign, don't expect things to stay that way for long.
Neil Gaiman: screenwriter of 'Coraline'
, a prolific writer, picked up an Oscar nod for his work on the animated film 'Coraline.' It tells the story of an adventurous little girl living in a creepy old house. Honestly, it weirded us out a little more than we'd like to admit (people with buttons sewn over their eyes?), but Gaiman's tweets are much less creepy and full of wit.
Nick Hornby: screenwriter of 'An Education'
himself doesn't actually post to this "unofficial" account, but it features more news and notes on the writer than any fan could want. There's a boatload of links to articles about Hornby's books and films -- plenty to send you down a Hornby rabbit hole. It's perfect for any aspiring screenwriter.
Tom Waits: musician/actor from 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus'
plays the Devil in 'Doctor Parnassus.' Yes, Tom Waits as Satan. He doesn't tweet in character, but after reading some of his posts, we're pretty sure Waits might be trying out some new lyrics on his followers (e.g., "The Moon ain't romantic. It's intimidating as Hell."). For the uninformed, Waits has a great sense of humor, too: "Disneyland is Vegas for children."
Vanessa Haywood: actress from 'District 9'
is another great Oscar story. In 'District 9,' she played the wife of protagonist Wikus Van De Merwe, and, now, has gone from playing in a small-budget movie to garnering red-carpet invites. Apparently, it's going to her head, too. Just read this tweet for proof: "I'm driving/sailing the yacht right now! And just saw a whale! :-D."
Who We Wish Tweeted
James Cameron: director of 'Avatar'
Why do we wish Cameron tweeted? Well, if he's going to take over every aspect of pop culture (from the big screen to home entertainment technology) with his box-office smash 'Avatar,' it's his duty to give us minute-by-minute updates of his daily life. How else will we know what to like next? Perhaps it might make the director of 'The Best Movie Ever' seem more human, hearing about his day-by-day minutiae.
Neill Blomkamp: director of 'District 9'
With 'District 9,' Blomkamp created and directed one of the most surprisingly original films released in 2009. More news should leak from this upstart auteur, and since rumors of a sequel are circulating (fingers crossed), Twitter is the perfect forum for the mysterious Blomkamp to break the news.
Wes Anderson: director of 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'
The combination of Anderson's quirky vision, some big-name voices, and amazing stop-motion animation made 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' a joyful experience. We could only hope that Anderson's Twitter account would be half as whimsical, fun and engrossing. [Ed. note: it would be.]
Randy Newman: music and lyrics for 'Princess and the Frog'
Newman is one of America's greatest songwriters, and his piano-laden tunes have become synonymous with Walt Disney movies. This is the guy who wrote 'You've Got a Friend in Me,' for crying out loud! Who wouldn't
follow him on Twitter?
Maggie Gyllenhaal -- actress from "Crazy Heart"
We have a confession to make: we'll watch anything with Gyllenhaal in it. She has some serious acting chops (see 'Secretary' or her latest work, mentioned above), and she's a total babe. From everything we've seen, she's as down-to-earth as an A-lister gets, so we'd love to hear how she stays sane in Brooklyn while owning it in Hollywood.