2011oscarsToday 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 24, we’ll be watching the 85th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Seth MacFarlane. As our Alexandra MacAaron noted, “the good news for female audiences of a certain age lay in the Best Supporting Actress category, where two actresses over the age of 60 were named, and the average age of the nominees is nearly 50.” The average age is 50! Well, that’s right up our alley.

Join us and cheer along. Click on our “Oscar Central” post, scroll down, and comment. We welcome your opinions—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 links and photos—and Tweets @womensvoices, too! (Here’s how it went at last year’s Oscar night.)

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  • Alex MacAaron February 24, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    John Travolta’s head = Dracula.

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  • phillygirl February 24, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I think the Jaw theme is hilarious! And quiet volume at the beginning at least gives them time to quickly wrap up before the volume gets too loud.

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  • [email protected] February 24, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Favorite part? Watching all the interviews on the Red Carpet. Gorgeous gowns without as many diamond necklaces at the neckline.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 24, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    and Katie Couric agrees with me. ”
    I’ve heard Searching for Sugar Man is amazing. Was rooting for @Invisible_War, important doc on sexual assault in the military #Oscars”

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  • Alex MacAaron February 24, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Am I the only one who feels bad every time the “Jaws” theme comes on to rush the winners off?

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  • Chris Lombardi February 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I understand “Searching for Sugar Man” did deserve an award. but THE INVISIBLE WAR was incredible.

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  • Editor @ Women's Voices February 24, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Congrats to the husband-and-wife directing team of Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine (he also served as cinematographer; she as writer) who won for Inocente Izucar, a documentary about a homeless teenage artist in San Diego. Women doing double/triple duty in film!

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  • Toni Myers February 24, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I wanted to hear more…they were still talking

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  • phillygirl February 24, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Being pro-woman doesn’t mean you have to bash the guys. MacFarlene’s humor appeals to the lowest common denominator- let’s not sink down to it. Funny is funny regardless of gender. MacFarlene just isn’t funny. Period.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 24, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    From Jennifer Pozner: “Best. Comedy. Tweet. Ever. #Oscars RT @alliemyerz It’s not Seth MacFarlane’s fault, guys. It’s just that men aren’t funny.”

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  • Editor @ Women's Voices February 24, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    That’s what 76 looks like! Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey! Standing ovation.

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  • Elizabeth Hemmerdinger February 24, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you, Chris. Maybe we can figure out how to get the gig together. Or – maybe we’ll take singing lessons and wow ’em with Over the Rainbow.

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  • phillygirl February 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Sean Connery. ‘nuf said. Daniel Craig’s not too shabby, either. His personal trainer for “Casino Royale” was worth every penny 🙂

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  • Chris Lombardi February 24, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Shirley Bassey: a class act, and gorgeous at 76!

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  • Editor @ Women's Voices February 24, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    While we’re paying tribute to the James Bond franchise, Reminder: Halle Berry is the first + only woman of African American descent to have won award for Best Actress.

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  • Toni Myers February 24, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Greg Jacob. Right on. Tragic

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  • Editor @ Women's Voices February 24, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Congrats Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell for Best Makeup! Two more fabulous women Winning! Who’s keeping score?

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  • Chris Lombardi February 24, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Greg Jacob from SWAN nailed the sitch on Twitter: “Greg Jacob @gregjacob01
    Wow. Sexism, racism and homophobia opens an awards show where films that confront sexism, racism and homophobia are recognized.

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  • Toni Myers February 24, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Who was/is your favorite James Bond? I confess I’ve always been a fan

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  • phillygirl February 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Making jokes about crash dieting in an industry that promotes eating disorders- NOT classy 🙁

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  • Chris Lombardi February 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Jacki Lyden: Could someone come in and rescue the Oscars? It appears to be in need of life support…

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  • Toni Myers February 24, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Liked costume award speech-well spoken and concise.
    Now the makeup award, also women. Hooray!
    They are adorable

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  • Alex MacAaron February 24, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    The “Anna Karenina” costumes WERE gorgeous! And the makeup and hairstyling for “Les Mis?” Not so much.

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  • Editor @ Women's Voices February 24, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Jacqueline Durran has been nominated twice before, for Atonement and Pride and Prejudice. Her first Oscar win is tonight!

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  • Chris Lombardi February 24, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Elizabeth H., what they need is better WORDS. They should hire you next year.

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  • phillygirl February 24, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I think Mirror, Mirror’s costumes showed greater creativity.

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  • Toni Myers February 24, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    McFarlane—most of his early jokes were vaguely or blatantly racist. I don’t remember other hosts drooping to such lows. Can’t wait to see reviews

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  • Chris Lombardi February 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I’ve always hated “Family Guy” and “Futurama, so wasn’t optimistic about MacFarlane – but he’s REALLY bad.

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  • phillygirl February 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Using the Jaws theme is awesome!!!!

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  • phillygirl February 24, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I repeat- it’s not true man candy without Thor.

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  • Elizabeth Hemmerdinger February 24, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I think these guys needed a little more rehearsal…

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  • Elizabeth W February 24, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    OK, the only thing I have liked about this so far is that the Avengers cast just gave an award. Excellent eye candy.

    Seth McFarlane can GO AWAY. And whoever wrote his monologues and the song can go away too. Far away.

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  • phillygirl February 24, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    But where’s Thor? That’s who I really want to see 🙂

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  • Alex MacAaron February 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Boys’ club much?

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  • phillygirl February 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Hooray for hot guys!

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  • Chris Lombardi February 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    That music mashup is amazing.

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  • Editor @ Women's Voices February 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    We were on it! We featured “Paperman” as our weekly dose of inspiration in our Wednesday 5. Watch this beautiful short: http://womensvoicesforchange.org/wednesday-5-26.htm

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  • Toni Myers February 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I didn’t get it at all

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  • phillygirl February 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Wow. Seth MacFarlene isn’t the only one killing comedy tonight.

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  • Toni Myers February 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Octavia is beautiful. Good to see a bunch of -cliche- “big beautiful women”…Queen Latifah, Adele…..

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  • Alex MacAaron February 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I thought they switched off Supporting Actor and Actress each year.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    And Alan Arkin already got his sorta-lifetime-achievemnt award, for Little Miss Sunshine….

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  • phillygirl February 24, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I think Octavia IS pretty. I’m tired of seeing the same pretty face over & over again because all these actresses have the same plastic surgeon & cosmetic dentist.

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  • Editor @ Women's Voices February 24, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Question: Do they always start with Male actors’ awards? Can we switch it up a bit please? 2014?

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  • Alex MacAaron February 24, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Every Best Supporting Actor nominee has been nominated before!

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  • Toni Myers February 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Octavia continues this evening’s stream of smart, articulate women. Not just pretty faces

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  • Editor @ Women's Voices February 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Yeah! Sally Field makes an early appearance. She’s up for Best Supporting Actress for “Lincoln.” Fields first won in 1980 for “Norma Rae” and then for “Places in the Heart” in 1985. It’s time to add a 21st century Oscar to that list.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 24, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    “Think Kaptain Kirk is giving us the most trenchant review of the Oscar’s..”

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  • phillygirl February 24, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Even Shatner and Sally Fields can’t save Seth MacFarlene’s jokes.

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  • Chris Lombardi February 24, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Jacki Lyden again; “I have .. but someone give Seth McFarlane better lines.. he can’t carry this any more than he can carry the Eiffel Tower…”

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