Until the end of the show, I thought that this may well rank as the most boring Oscars in the history of movie awards. And then, the Dude won, then my lady Sandra Bee, then Oscar winning Director Kathryn Bigelow made sure to thanks the troops–twice.
Well, the show may have been kind of boring, but it wasn’t offensive. Barbra Streisand and Sean Penn resisted the impulse to make political speeches. The (apparently) most left-leaning of the documentaries did not win an Oscar. Al Gore was nowhere to be found.
Steve Martin was frequently funny. Ben Stiller looked great in a Nav’i get-up. Jeff Bridges offered a rambling, but wonderful acceptance speech–and he’s been married to the same woman for 32 years! Sandra Bullock delivered a classy speech.
Maybe Hollywood has learned that its business is entertainment, not politics. Though the producers of the show should have recognized that it should also be their business to entertain.