BraindeadOh, man, am I brain-dead today! Stayed up a little past eleven to watch the Academy Awards, and I am running on autopilot. Although the dominance of "LOTR" became pretty obvious by its third win, I chose to stick in there til the bitter end.
Couple of impressions: René Zellwigger seems to be incredibly shy. It looked like she wanted to crawl under her seat when they called her name.
There were only two political statements that I heard - one from the director of Fog of War, and the other from Sean Penn. Tim Robbins' little speech about victims of abuse might classify as political, but it was a statement most folk would agree with. The statements I am referring to directly related to the Iraq situation.
Some of the transitional music seemed positively strange — "Hail to the Chief" for Tom Hanks? "Blowin' in the Wind" for Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon? Well, ok, this last makes a sort of sense; but it would have made more sense if Tim had made some anti-war statement during his acceptance speech.