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The top 10 tweets on Academy Awards night

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By JAKE COYLE
The Associated Press
Monday, February 28, 2011; 12:14 AM

-- 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?" - comedian Kevin Nealon

- "Watching the Oscars. Not crazy about the womb Natalie Portman's baby chose to wear." - late-night host Conan O'Brien

- "I might switch over to the Puppy Bowl." - comedian Rob Huebel

- "And now, Gwyneth Paltrow, in a tribute to the saying `Don't Quit Your Day Job.'" - comedian Andy Borowitz

- "What I've learned so far watching the Oscars: I need to buy nicer envelopes." - "Late Night" writer Steve Young.

- "Please have the baby right now, Natalie." - comedian Michael Ian Black.

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

- "Daniel Day Lewis has the depth of commitment to the craft of acting to die just to liven up next year's death montage." - comedian Patton Oswalt

- "This night will be a waste if Anne Hathaway and James Franco don't do their hilarious `Who's On Firth" bit.' - "Late Night" writer Paul Masella

- "Stay tuned for the official Republican rebuttal to the Oscars shortly after the show." - Satirical newspaper the Onion.



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