I just watched either the Academy Awards or the
longest, most caustic sketch in the history of SCTV. For
those of you who had the sense not to tune in, the main things you
need to know about the night are:
1. Seth MacFarlane hosted. His manatees didn’t work very hard on
2. Michelle Obama announced the Best Picture winner. The losers
were dispatched by a drone.
3. When Quentin Tarantino won a screenplay award for his
slave-revenge flick ;Django Unchained, the orchestra
played him off with music from Gone with the Wind. I
assume that this was a last-minute switch, and that they had been
planning to play it for Tony Kushner.
4. The high points of the evening were Shirley Bassey singing
“Goldfinger” and an unexpectedly funny gag about The Sound of
Music. So the night’s big winner was the mid-’60s.
For a list of the victors, go here. Note that Sally Field
didn’t win an Oscar, but
Hal Needham did.
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