The Ocars are finally here! The actual 2011 Oscars show time is 8 p.m. EST tonight (that's 5 p.m. PST). But who wants to miss all those Red Carpet interviews and the opportunity to get a good glimpse at those fabulous gowns? Not me. To see all that you've got to tune in a little earlier. Go to E!Online or TV Guide at 6 p.m. EST to see streaming live red carpet arrivals and interviews, CNN Live will start its coverage at 6:30 p.m. (EST). Or you can tune your TV to ABC at 7 p.m.
But before you tune in, don't forget to download an Oscar ballot to see if you can pick the same winners that the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did -- and win all of your friends' hard-earned betting money. (If you want some good advice on who you should vote for, check out these expert Oscar predictions).
There are several places where you can download a printable 2011 Oscar ballot and for you techy types, there's even a cool app:
If you want to be all formal about it, you can download an Official Oscar Ballot pdf at the official 2011 site for the 83rd Academy Awards: Oscars.org. This one definitely looks the best!
For those of you who don't care about looking all fancy, there are 3 additional sites where you can get Oscar ballots:
Moviefone has a printable 2011 Oscar ballot, and you can submit an online Oscar ballot there for a chance to win an American Express gift card.
Fandango also has a downloadable 2011 Oscar ballot, but this one is no frills and there are no online prizes to be won.
New York Magazine has an Oscar ballot that comes complete with tie-breaker questions. Check back in with New York mag after the show to get a list of winners and answers to the tie-breaker questions.
You can also use your make you Oscar predictions with The Oscars App (free!), with which you can make your Oscar predictions and share your picks through Facebook, Twitter, text, and email.
So download that ballot and get your votes in. Good Luck!