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Oscar Central: Women’s Voices’ Live Blog of the 2017 Academy Awards

Today is the day! It’s time for red carpets, teary speeches, and bets lost and won. We are live-blogging the Oscars tonight to cheer on our favorites and dish about the absurdities.

Starting at 7 p.m. (EST) tonight, Sunday, February 26, we’ll be watching the 89th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

Join us right here, cheer along, scroll down, and comment. (Log in any time during the ceremony that you feel the urge to opine.) We welcome your remarks—as short or long as you like. Comments will be screened before we post them, and our online chats are famously civil (if a little catty sometimes about fashion). Feel free to share your point of view. Feel free to share links and photos—and Tweets @womensvoices, too!

And catch up on our Oscar-nominated movie coverage with Alex MacAaron’s reviews.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Child number 9?

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  • Rachel Rawlings February 26, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Why we won’t see the director of “The Salesman” at tonight’s awards: http://www.advocate.com/people/2017/2/25/jodie-foster-our-time-resist

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  • Rachel Rawlings February 26, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Get that prune off the screen, and have some pity for his 26-year-old wife.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Billy Eichner on Twitter: “People get mad when someone says “Hidden Fences” but in their defense sometimes I say La La Hacksaw.”

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  • Rachel Rawlings February 26, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Ok, I don’t usually give a damn about commercials, but Samsung just gave love to skater girls. <3

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  • Rachel Rawlings February 26, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Wow, I just saw Janelle Monae’s dress. Totally Archandroid-worthy.

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  • Rachel Rawlings February 26, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    I’m thinking the B column will be filled first.
    http://www.mtv.com/news/2986451/pink-pussy-hats-and-shouts-to-hillary-its-woke-oscars-bingo/

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    • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks for the connection to woke-oscars-bingo!

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  • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Anyone wanna play Woke Oscar Bingo? http://www.mtv.com/news/2986451/pink-pussy-hats-and-shouts-to-hillary-its-woke-oscars-bingo/

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  • Rachel Rawlings February 26, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I’ve only seen two of the Best Picture noms this year: Hidden Figures, and Manchester by the Sea. The former was a gift to the world; the latter was pretty damned excruciating.

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    • Alexandra MacAaron February 26, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      I haven’t been able to see “Manchester By The Sea” yet (even though we live three towns away from the actual Manchester). It looks so bleak! Plus, the stories about Casey Affleck’s harassment allegations are disturbing.

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      • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2017 at 7:54 pm

        I thought Manchester By The Sea was a downer downer downer. I know that people are sent to prison for life but I don’t want to pay to see them suffer.

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        • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2017 at 7:57 pm

          Can I quote you in a tweet?

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    • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      For me, those two plus Fences, which as Pat says deserves ALL the awards.

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  • Editor @ Women's Voices February 26, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Melissa Silverstein @melsil says:
    2017 marks the highest # of female producers nominated for ‘Best Picture’ pic.twitter.com/uFvQEQAzfE

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    • Alexandra MacAaron February 26, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Great news. (Now if we can just edge our way back into the Director category!)

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 26, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Chris, Hunter boy Lin Manuel brought his mum!

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    • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Though I hope his wife got to come too!

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 26, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    E! was talking about Taraji Henson just now. I really think she should have been nominated. I thought she was tremendous in “Hidden Figures.”

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    • Rachel Rawlings February 26, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      I didn’t realize until you said so that she hadn’t been nominated. She should have been, for lead. Fingers crossed for Octavia though.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Now that these shows are shot in high-def video, I’m made more and more aware how PAINFULLY thin these actors are. Even the men.

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    • Alexandra MacAaron February 26, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      Excellent point! People (especially women) who are NORMAL look FAT.

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 26, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    I really like Emma Stone’s fringe!

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Ava Duvernay’s dress is stunning! I know I am so superficial but I love the dresses…

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 26, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Love that Dev Patel brought his mum!

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    • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      So did Lin-Manuel!

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      • Alexandra MacAaron February 26, 2017 at 7:39 pm

        Great minds! I just gave you a shout-out with the same observation.

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 26, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Is everyone watching ABC? Or are you watching E! ?

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  • Editor @ Women's Voices February 26, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    What our Alexandra MacAaron had to say about Dev Patel and “Lion”:
    https://womensvoicesforchange.org/movie-review-in-heartwarming-lion-theres-no-place-like-home.htm
    “Lion, the wonderful film by first-time feature director Garth Davis, can be described many ways. It’s a rags-to-riches story of Dickensian proportion. It’s a gorgeous cinematic travelogue with magnificent footage of India and Australia. It’s a meditation on the meaning of self and family. But, perhaps above all else, it’s the most effective advertising ever made for Google’s virtual mapping application. And it’s true.”

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    My favorite dress this evening is the Dior worn by Kirsten Dunst. Incredibly elegant.

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 26, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Robin Roberts is stunning in the gold. She looks like an Oscar!

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  • Editor @ Women's Voices February 26, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Question: When did the Oscars’ coverage turn into an ESPN, play by play, coverage?

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  • Alexandra MacAaron February 26, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Hi everyone!
    I had some “technical difficulties.” So glad to be with you all tonight. Happy Oscars!
    Alex

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Chris! I remember when you were our Editor for Oscar-Night. Amazing isn’t it that womensvoicesforchange
    celebrated its first ten years November 21st? It has been a marvelous year for Women’s Voices for Change. We have a wonderful board who support the work and growth of the site. 2017 saw the creation of a new site design overseen by Sherry Donovan and Barbara Chapman and our great IT guy Steve Bruner. And we can’t say enough wonderful things about our editors Grace Ali, Carla Baranauckas and Deb Harkins and our writers…Now back to the glamour and suspense.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Robin Givhan’s Twitter feed is fun tonight. Alex MacAaron will appreciate this one: https://twitter.com/RobinGivhan/status/835989580834799617

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    • Alexandra MacAaron February 26, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      I’m SURE Lin’s tux is from Yonkers!

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  • Carla Baranauckas February 26, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    It’s interesting to see so many people, including Ruth Negga, wearing the blue ACLU ribbons.

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  • Editor @ Women's Voices February 26, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Hello Oscar Bloggers! We’ll be hosting your opinions here as well as keeping an eye out for your Twitter mentions @womensvoices. Our annual live-blogging begins in 10 mins!

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    • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      I missed that!

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  • Carla Baranauckas February 26, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Sunny Pawar gets my vote for the cutest person ever on the red carpet!

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  • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I’m just kinda terrified of a La La Land sweep — after everyone praises the Moonlight, Fences and Hidden Figures, Hollywood will revert to form and crown the Movie About Movies.

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    • patricia yarberry allen February 26, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      If Fences doesn’t win, it’s rigged.

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      • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2017 at 6:44 pm

        Nice to ‘hear’ you, Pat. And I agree.

        Tho right now I’m smiling at Taraji P. Henson on the red carpet….

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        • Carla Baranauckas February 26, 2017 at 6:53 pm

          Taraji P. Henson puts the Voom in Va Va!

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    • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      I missed that!

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    • Alexandra MacAaron February 26, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      I agree! As much as La La Land was a fun escape, there are more significant films nominated. Also, if you think about last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy, it would be a shame if the whitest movie nominated beat three powerful movies about the black American experience.

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