Blame it on Bonnie and Clyde (aka Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty) in their dotage.
Blame it on the Russians, who must have hacked the thing.
Because the f-up at the end of the Oscars—the climax, as it were—was monumental.
But first, the good stuff. Surprisingly, I liked most of the dresses, especially Halle Berry’s, although I think she should go back to her usual short hair because she’s one of the few people in the world who look really really great in that style:
You can find a lot of the other fashions here.
Now for the rest. Jimmy Kimmel was remarkably unfunny, and almost every “joke” he made was political. But he was hardly alone. I expected a lot of liberal self-congratulatory politics from the presenters and from the award recipients. But apparently I underestimated the capacity of Hollywood celebrities to keep up an incessant, repetitive drumbeat of praise for themselves and their devotion to diversity, love of immigration, reverence for freedom, and all those things they have been told that Trump and the right are dead set against. And all of this was delivered as though they were courageously standing up to tanks in Tianamen Square.
Which brings me to the finale of the evening. The monumental error occurred during the announcement of the Best Picture award, and rather than describe it I’ll show it to you. When you watch the video, it helps to know that just a moment earlier, Emma Stone had won Best Actress for her performance in “La La Land,” and also that “for each category, there are two cards waiting in the wings, one on each side”:
In addition to everything else, the award was a Trumpian-magnitude upset, because “La La Land” was considered a shoe-in. As Vox had predicted earlier in the day:
This race isn’t particularly close. La La Land will win, and if the trophy goes to any other film, it will be the biggest Oscar upset ever.
It was YUGE.