The day after: Catching up with the post-Oscars buzz|
Originally published March 25, 2003
INSTEAD of being in the forefront of Oscar parties in L.A. or Manhattan, I watched the awards in the company of my housekeeper of 31 years, Rachel Clark of the Bronx. We had a ball.
The most eloquent remarks of the evening -- with the exception of the exceptional Peter O'Toole and his brilliant introducer, Meryl Streep -- were left unsaid. Susan Sarandon had never looked sexier or spoken more volumes than when she flashed a peace sign and stuck to the business at hand. Even Barbra Streisand, employing the better part of wisdom, kept politics out of it. I don't agree that the evening constituted a George W. Bush bashing. Only Michael Moore, Colin Farrell and Diego Luna tried to jerk Oscar off his podium with rants. I don't think they made themselves popular doing so. As for others who expressed a wish for world peace, that's not exactly un-American, is it?
Too sure of himself
Backstage, I hear that The Pianist winner Adrien Brody was emotional and exuberant but seemed a bit cocksure for a guy who came out of left field without a previous nomination to his name. Maybe he was still in shock from having given Halle Berry such a giant smooch.
I did love the beautiful Nicole Kidman saying, "I've always wanted to make my mother proud," with her fabulous mother shown inwardly protesting that she was and always has been proud of her daughter. Catherine Zeta-Jones deserves two awards, a second one for getting up with Queen Latifah to perform while nine months pregnant.
Hard to understand why Hollywood wants to continue its long-lost love affair with Roman Polanski, but maybe they know something out there about child molesting that we, the great unwashed, don't know.
It is also hard to see how Rob Marshall could direct the best picture without winning the gold himself, but it was right that Harvey Weinstein made him go onstage to stand beside producer Marty Richards for the best picture award.
What happened to Elizabeth Taylor, who said this would be her last Oscar show? She aced herself out of a great occasion, sitting with such past winners as Luise Rainer, Jennifer Jones and Teresa Wright. Who was missing in this classic photo-op? Kate Hepburn, not well enough to attend, Marlon Brando, not well enough in the head to attend, Shirley MacLaine, Cher, Anne Bancroft, Whoopi Goldberg, Patty Duke, Charlton Heston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dianne Wiest, Joan Fontaine come to mind.
And Steve Martin's cool, spare, witty, intelligent job as host was flawless.
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