OK,  tell us you haven’t been following the Oscars, at least a little. We sure have, whether noting the many over-40 nominees and following the Hurt-Locker/Avatar frontrunner battle, praising the Academy for its diverse selection of nominated actresses, or highlighting the backlash against Kathryn Bigelow. We can’t wait until the Sunday night show, which will be preceded by Barbara Walters’ farewell Oscar special and hosted by two of our over-40 male faves, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.

It’s true what they say: The Academy Awards are a hoary, overblown, ridiculous ceremony that says little about the art of film. And we’re looking forward to every minute. (Many around the world are fans, too:  At this time 20 years ago I was in Egypt, and all the taxi drivers wanted to talk about was who would win the Oscars.)

If you feel the same way, even a little, we invite you to join us in WVFC’s “Women Over 40” Oscars celebration. First, if you haven’t yet voted in our Oscar poll, please do! Mo’Nique came out blazing as an early favorite, but as of this writing, Kathryn Bigelow is inching past Meryl Streep, and Sandra Bullock has just pulled ahead of Mo’Nique for third place.  And what about Helen Mirren? Your vote could make it a true wild-card race.

Then, whether you’re watching or just checking headlines, we hope you’ll post a quick comment for our Oscar live blog. It’s been more than a year since we called for a live blog at WVFC: that was on the day of the inauguration of Barack Obama as president.  Before that, we’d tried it out during the last Presidential debate in October 2008. We’re looking forward to this lighter-themed edition. Comments can be simple and direct–“God, that dress!” or “I’m in tears at that clip”–or more complex, if you like. And if you won’t be on the Web but can send an email, do that and we’ll post it.

After all, how often do over-40 women rule an entire broadcast–and it’s not about politics or weight loss? WVFC blogging starts with Barbara Walters at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

See you on Sunday!

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