Wow, that was a ragged Oscars show

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Ellen's "selfie" at the Oscars.

So many bungled lines on the Oscars — teleprompter troubles? — and set pieces that fell flat. I still don't have an idea what the theme segments were about. Or why the pizza gag had to be carried through to fruition. Yawn.

It will be interesting to hear the eventual spin on John Travolta's botch of singer Idina Menzel's name.


Menzel looked justifiably ticked off until the standing ovation kicked in. The staff of Broadway.com registered a stern objection. Twitter of course has spoken:

Richard Lawson for Vanity Fair.com: "Who could ever, ever, ever forget John Travolta accidentally giving us the evening’s most hilarious and strange moment, introducing Menzel as 'Adele Azim' or 'Adela Nadzeem' or something...His peculiar, epic flub was the kind of magical only-on-live-TV moment that many Twitter users live for. After an awards season that was mostly devoid of meme-able stumbles or funny gaffes, Travolta’s wonderfully absurd and strange tongue-twist was a welcome bit of manic comedy."

Meanest line on Facebook by an LA media person: "Kim Novak & Goldie Hawn are both up for the lead in 'The Bree Walker Story.'" (Doug McIntrye, KABC and Daily News)

List of Academy Award winners. Highlights:
Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave"
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Lead actor: Matthew McConaughey
Lead actress: Cate Blanchett
Supporting actor: Jared Leto
Supporting actress: Lupita Nyong'o

An LA Observed favorite, "Twenty Feet from Stardom," won the best documentary feature.

Edited post


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