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Hollywood fail: Stars' attempts to look young meet ridicule, reveal unrealistic standard

81-year-old Kim Novak, best known as the lovely starlet from Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 film "Vertigo," is under attack after her appearance at the Oscars because of her obvious plastic surgeries.

Novak, who presented the award for Best Animated Picture (which was "Frozen") with Matthew McConaughey, quickly became a target for nasty comments on social media.

"Quick, someone get Kim Novak an epi-pen, she's having an allergic reaction of some kind!" one Twitter user commented, according to the Washington Post. "Anyone else find the irony in Kim Novak presenting the animation award and the winner was 'Frozen'?" another user quipped in a tweet.

Suzannah Galland, a celebrity career strategist, believes Novak's appearance shows actresses face tremendous pressure to always look young. "Novak's appearance was shockingly disheartening. I am saddened that women in Hollywood are falling for the hype of attaining perfection," Galland told FOX411. "It's time for them to take a good hard honest look at themselves and have the courage of grace to age with dignity."

Other commentators are more sympathetic to Novak and believe aging with dignity in Hollywood is a myth. Slate's Amanda Hess feels people unfairly compared Novak and Liza Minnelli, who was not amused when Ellen joked that Minnelli was a male impersonator, to Meryl Streep and Sally Field.

"We don’t know what Streep and Field do to maintain their looks — all we know is that they have successfully navigated Hollywood’s dual requirement to look amazing post-60 while never signaling that they’ve worked at it," writes Hess. "That means avoiding obvious plastic surgery, but it can also mean spending your life investing in the habits, trainers, diets, creams, and treatments that add up to a 'natural' look in old age. (Dodging illness and disability — Novak survived breast cancer in 2010 — surely doesn’t hurt.)"

Novak and Minnelli were not the only stars subjected to ridicule because they attempted to look younger at the Oscars. Though John Travolta is attracting a great amount of negative attention because he mispronounced Idina Menzel's name, social media users also joked about his hair.

"Best part of the Oscars was seeing the world's first 3-D printed hair on John Travolta," said one Twitter user, according to Twitter curation site Twitchy.

However, writers are focusing more on the critiques of older women at the Oscars. Hess believes women in Hollywood are doomed if they become actresses while they are young.

"Jennifer Lawrence is Hollywood’s current girl crush, and she's got a bright career ahead of her — as long as she maintains her youthful looks until her deathbed, or else picks the appropriate moment to crawl into a hole to wait to die," writes Hess.