We know this year’s Academy Awards are unlikely to be as glamorous as 1956,  when Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn were both presenters (at right, see them backstage). But they’ll be glam enough: an entire industry has grown around the gowns, the chats, the hullaballoo for what our Ro Howe aptly called   “The Super Bowl for women.”

We’re not the only ones live-blogging this, of course, but we’ll bring back reports from the others, from Twitter, and from our own Oscar parties. We hope you do too – and will even send photos!

As we asked the other day:

Will the show itself feel fresh enough, even though it’s hosted by Billy Crystal – again?

Who will be the best dressed and who will make big dress mistakes? Who will win in the Meryl vs. Glenn faceoff?

Is there a film or actor you’re rooting for? A screenwriter like Kristin Wiig, or an editor like Thelma Schoonmaker?

Each of us at WVFC has specific questions in our minds, as well as films we WISH were in competition. But we’ll actually behave as we hope you do and put them in the comments below. Let the dialogue begin!

 

 

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Best diamonds of the evening on Penelope. Great musical scores all around…

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  • mary kelly selover February 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Christopher Plummer, pure class!

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  • Eleanore W February 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    …that was supposed to be “Christopher Plummer, aging nicely”

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  • Alex MacAaron February 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Most excellent speech!

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  • Elizabeth W February 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I began the evening swooning over Clooney and Mr. Plummer has just stolen my heart entirely.

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  • Eleanore W February 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Christopher Plummer, again nicely at 82

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Plummer is such a gentleman.

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  • Alex MacAaron February 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Ha! Chris, my telecast seems to be 2 minutes behind yours.

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  • Alex MacAaron February 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Yes!

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  • Alex MacAaron February 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    What do we think? Christopher Plummer?

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  • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Expected, but it’s fine. Go Mr. Plummer!

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  • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I don’t know who started the trend of odd neck-clinging fru frus in gowns this year.

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  • Alex MacAaron February 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Yes, Leo was understated and elegant. So talented too!

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  • Alex MacAaron February 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    BTW, how about those options – robots or robots or … robots?

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Melissa Leo owns the stage and speaks so beautifully.

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  • Alex MacAaron February 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Right! The schtick between Ben Stiller and Emma Stone was extremely cringe-worthy. Glad she got a little of her own back at the end. (You know there’s something wrong when the bit calls for Ben Stiller to point out that someone is immature and over-the-top.)

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    We do understand the power of fashion and style when this otherwise attractive and talented young woman will only be rememmber for this dress..

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  • Elizabeth W February 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Alex, so’s the writing of the past several minutes. Awkward dialog, and kind of insulting to women, no? Cringe!

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  • Alex MacAaron February 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Emma Stone’s dress is unfortunate.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Well, another nominated woman loses (Kung Fu Panda)…

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  • Kristin Eckelkamp February 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Oh Chris Rock. Humor is based in truth.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I do not want Brad Pitt. Just wanted him to get a shampoo. I want George.

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  • Alex MacAaron February 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    UPS is hard work! Yeah, Chris.

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  • Elizabeth W February 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    sorry for the typo up there, I was so astonished I couldn’t proofread. So bothered by the awkward.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Tweet from @NOWYoungFems: So many men. Getting an award for a documentary about football. America. #WhereRWomen

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I love Chris Rock!

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  • Eleanore W February 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I’m liking this look on Chris Rock

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  • mary kelly selover February 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Please stop this NOT wearing the bow tie for a black tie event!

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  • Elizabeth W February 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    When RDJ walked onstage, I started typing something about how Dr. Pat could keep Brad Pitt, because here’s my eye candy…
    And then he started speaking, and it was awkward and gross.

    And it serves as a summation of a summation of all the things that are wrong about the way women have been represented this year.

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  • Alex MacAaron February 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Given that all (most?) of the documentaries were very serious, the preamble was a little too silly.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    It is a testosterone night, that is for sure.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    OK, RDJ. You have my heart already.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Older men: Two 82 year old men; Loved the FLOMAX joke.

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  • Eleanore W February 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Cirque du Soleil. Beautiful…but rather unnecessary. Would zap thru to next award segment,if I could

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  • mary kelly selover February 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Bananas Foster coming up for my own hunk!!

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  • Joel February 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    So glad to see Hugo doing so well. Absolutely loved this film.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    OK, EVERY technical award has gone to HUGO – EXCEPT when a woman was nominated. Boo indeed!

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  • Kristin Eckelkamp February 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks, Patricia for your comment in the film. I’m sad to say I was turned off by the number of people who saw it because they felt like it was the politically correct thing to do. I didn’t go because I didn’t connect with the book – now I will see it.

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  • mary kelly selover February 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Bradley Cooper, please be blonde again!

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Agree with Eleanore! Brad is a hunk.

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  • Alex MacAaron February 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Boo.

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  • Alex MacAaron February 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Chris, I feel very vested in Thelma after you had me write about her! I’m sure we would be great friends if I had the opportunity to meet her.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    The film transformed the way I understood the book, The Help.

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  • Eleanore W February 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    That
    Bradley Cooper. Very easy on the eyes…

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  • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    OK, time to hold your lighter for Thelma Schoonmaker….

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    OK I agree about the peplum.

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  • mary kelly selover February 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Can some
    one please give Billy Crystal some eyebrows!

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  • Kristin Eckelkamp February 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I might be the only woman who didnt love the book? I can’t comment on the Oscar because I didn’t see the movie. Realize I’m opening up myself in a blog about the Oscars…..

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. February 26, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Weeping as well…

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  • Chris Lombardi February 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Spencer’s speech has ME choked up.

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