The Academy Awards' annual Oscar event recognizing some of the year's most celebrated films is fast approaching and for the first time Google has decided to devote its tech resources toward creating a rich hub of film information in conjunction with the ceremony.
Google's site allows you to compare the final winning results with its trends data, showing which films and actors would win based on search volume alone. The site also includes full synopsis information for every nominee, as well as trailers and ticket purchasing links for nearly every film. The most interesting feature is an interactive map that allows you to view the locations where all the nominated movies were filmed, as well as data pinpointing the hometowns of every actor and director listed.
The hub also includes links to a special YouTube contest that will allow at least one user to appear alongside the real winners on the Academy's YouTube site on Oscar night, and points those familiar with Hangouts toward a new digital effect option that will let chatters hold a virtual Oscar statuette.
You can take a look at the full array of goodies, as well as the event's official Android app here, and check out Google's own trailer highlighting its movie search and aggregation features in the video below.