The Oscars are Important

So much to talk about. Ghaddafi, unions, the GOP assault on women, Charlie Sheen (not),.  For today, I’m going to stick with the Oscars. I’ve been posting serious stuff lately, and think I –we– need a momentary break.

That’s what last night was for me. For four hours, I indulged myself in celebrity watching and gown judging with my family and the twittersphere. Every now and then, I would see a tweet about the horrors in Libya, but I let myself push it aside and enjoy the popcorn and show. Here are my pretty predictable faves:

Favorite host: Anne Hathaway

Favorite dress: Gwyneth Paltrow

Favorite tux: they all looked good to me

Favorite Winner: Colin Firth

Favorite Loser: Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo

Favorite presenter: Jude Law

Missing things: whackiness, Jack Nicholson, dancing, any personality from Franco.

Great things: Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, the opening video, Alec Baldwin, the stage sets, Colin Firth’s funny acceptance speech, Hathaway’s comic performance.

Suggestion for next years hosts: Anne Hathaway and Tina Fey. Okay, maybe Alec Baldwin. This is important, if only for an evening.


About Liza Donnelly

Cartoonist and writer and live drawer for The New Yorker, CBS News. Speaker for TED and others. Books: Women On Men,
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3 Responses to The Oscars are Important

  1. Lindsey says:

    I agree completely! Sometimes a break from the endless horrors of the world is needed (for sanity’s sake!). I also agree with your favorites =)

  2. Tom Rhoads says:

    Great summary. I also enjoyed your live tweets of the Oscars.

  3. Marilyn Jean says:

    Years ago, a friend and I were talking about the upcoming royal wedding of Charles and Diana (I said years ago!) We were talking about all the hoopla around it, but how we wanted to watch it although it seemed kind of silly in this day and age. Then my friend said, “you know, it’s just kind of magical. Like a fairy tale. Sometimes the world just needs a little magic.”

    Those words have stuck with me over the years. Do the lives of Hollywood celebrities affect my life in any meaningful way? Of course not. But chances are very good that I will never look as beautiful as Anne Hathaway in her many gowns at the Oscars. So she brings a little magic into my ordinary life. I think that’s okay.

    Marilyn (twitter ID @mpf2011)
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