The Oscars returned to form, and left everyone an emotional wreck


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HI HI HI. So last night was both The Oscars AND the finale of The Last of Us, and today, I’m only going to tackle the Oscars, so as to give everyone a chance to watch The Last of Us, which we can discuss tomorrow. Otherwise, this post will never end.

RIGHT. SO THE OSCARS. The ceremony itself is being lauded as a return to form: conventional, old-fashioned, funny enough thanks to Jimmy Kimmel, but most of all, they were deeply emotional with moving speeches from comeback kids Ke Huy Quan and Brendan Fraser:

And never went anywheres Jamie Lee Curtis and Michelle Yeoh:

There were plenty of people who were disappointed that Jamie Lee Curtis took the Oscar they felt was more deserved by Stephanie Hsu or Angela Basset, including, pointedly, Angela Basset:

To which I will only counter: Angela Basset should have won the Oscar … back in 1994 for What’s Love Got to Do With It? I can’t be mad at Jamie Lee Curtis: Momma has been around forever, and was wonderful in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

I will add that it was a sweet moment after Basset’s loss when Michael B. Jordan and Johnathan Majors came on stage to present the Oscar for Best Cinematography and said to her, “Hey, Auntie,” and “We love you.”

Other notable moments included CNN winning its first Oscar for the Navalany documentary.

And an Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom reunion, when Harrison Ford presented Best Picture to the night’s big winner, Everything Everywhere All At Once, and hugged Ke Huy Quan:

Speaking of Everything Everywhere All at Once: it won three of the four major acting categories, Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. Only two other films have won three of the four acting categories, Network and A Streetcar Named Desire, and they only won four Oscars in total, so Everything Everywhere All at Once‘s wins were truly historic.

Yes, Jimmy Kimmel addressed The Slap with some pointed barbs: “If anyone in this theater commits an act of violence at any point during the show, you will be awarded the Oscar for Best Actor, and permitted to give a 19-minute long speech.” He added: “If anything happens,” he told this year’s crowd, “just do what you did last year – nothing. Just sit there and do absolutely nothing. Maybe even give the assailant a hug.” 

Also, the “In Memoriam” segment created its own controversy. John Travolta introduced the segment as a tribute to his co-star Olivia Newton-John, and became emotional while doing so, breaking the heart of this particular Grease fan. However,  missing from the montage were Paul Sorvino, Anne Heche, Tom Sizemore, Charlbi Dean, Fred Ward, Leslie Jordan, Gilbert Gottfried, Phillip Baker Hall, Topol, Albert Pyun, Jeff Barnaby, Tony Sirico and Robert Blake. That last one was at least addressed by Jimmy Kimmel who joked that there would be a phone-in poll of viewers to determine whether Blake should be included in the “In Memoriam.”

But, hey, The Boys at least honored one of their own:

Tems wore this to the ceremony and Twitter had jokes:

Also, Jimmy Kimmel did some audience work, which involved him asking Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai about Don’t Worry Darling‘s “Spitgate.” She handled it with aplomb, replying that she only talks “about peace.” He also called her “Malala Land?” I guess making a Lala Land joke? People were outraged on her behalf, especially after Cocaine Bear showed up.

Finally please enjoy this, the single best Red Champagne Carpet interview ever of all time. No more red-carpet interviews ever again, please.

Over at the BBC last week, their highest-paid presenter Gary Lineker, was suspended after he tweeted some criticisms of the British government, comparing them to Nazi Germany for turning away asylum seekers. This backfired spectacularly, when at least 12 of their other football presenters walked out in protest of his suspension. This fucked up the BBC’s premiere league schedules over the weekend, and Match of the Day aired without presenters, pundits, or commentators, and lasted 20 minutes. Gary Lineker will be returning to air this weekend, sooner than originally scheduled.

The BBC is also in trouble for not airing a sixth episode of Sir David Attenborough’s new nature series Wild Isles after the conservative newspaper The Telegraph complained that the World Wildlife Fund and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds helped fund the project. OH COME ON.

If Penn Badgley has his way, the fifth season will be You‘s last, and Joe will get what he has coming. As for what that fifth season will look like, TV Line has some details.

A rare defense of the hated seasons four and five of Arrested Development. If you’re intrigued, you better binge quickly: they’ll be gone on Wednesday.

Law & Order: Organized Crime is now on its fifth showrunner in three seasons. What the hell is going on over there?

After Kevin McCarthy gave Tucker Carlson — and only Tucker Carlson — access to 41,000 hours of January 6th footage, other news outlets were understandably pissed. Carlson claims that this is all about “transparency” and that “everyone should have access” to the footage, but no other “working journalist” has asked him for it. Except The Wrap has made multiple requests and received crickets, and I’m guessing they aren’t the only ones, Tuck.

Jean E. Carroll can use the Access Hollywood tape in her defamation case against Former President Grab ‘Em by the Pussy. GOOD.

Joe Exotic says that Tiger King is the worst thing that ever happened to him. O rly? Why?

There is only one correct answer to the question “Who is the most irritating TV character addition?” and that answer is and always will be “Scrappy-Doo.” Do not come at me with Nikki and Paulo.

Of course Jim Cramer encouraged people to buy stock in Silicon Valley Bank just a month ago. Obviously he did.

Chris Rock’s standup special was streamed live — a first for Netflix — and he flubbed a joke. But Netflix went back and edited the mistake out, so it’s all good.

So has Beyoncé seen Swarm, the Donald Glover-produced horror series about a fan who is dangerously obsessed with a pop star who bares a certain resemblance to our Houston queen? Apparently, she has.

Forbes March, a former One Life to Live and All My Children actor has been arrested for stealing … used cooking oil? SIR.


  • Three Pines has been cancelled at Prime Video after only one season.

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • The Bear will return on Hulu in June.
  • Only Murders in the Building will return on Hulu sometime this year.
  • American Born Chinese will premiere on Disney+ on May 24.
  • The Kingdom will return on Netflix on March 22.
  • Oh Belinda will debut on Netflix on April 7.
  • Kiya & the Kimoja Heroes will premiere on Disney Junior and Dinsey+ on March 22.
  • The Owl House series finale will air on Disney Channel on April 8.


Erin Maroney Fraser, Saturday Night Live writer who held multiple roles at the show, and one-time girlfriend of Chris Farley

Kristin Bjorklund, Co-executive producer of Family Feud

Rick Scheckman, Film coordinator at Late Night With David Letterman and who worked with David Letterman for 30 years

Bud Grant, Former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings


The Bachelor: Sigh. It’s the Dreaded Hometowns, y’all. 7 p.m., ABC

Boyhood: PARENTS: YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Richard Linklater’s movie will wreck you. In the best way. But you will be wrecked. 7 p.m., Showtime 2 West

Jussie Smollett: Anatomy of a Hoax: Has there ever been a news story more cater-made for Fox News, though? Fox Nation

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Bob Odenkirk, Paris Hilton, Collin Morikawa, Asake
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: John Oliver, Nic Collins
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Christina Ricci, Jen Psaki, Robert Glasper featuring Yebba
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Sam Claflin, Sarah Michelle Gellar
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Owen Wilson
  • The Daily Show: Guest host Kal Penn
  • Watch What Happens Live: Amanda Batula, Rachel Lindsay

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The Good Doctor
CBS The Neighborhood
Bob ♥ Abishola
NCIS: Hawai’i
CW All American
All American: Homecoming
FOX 9-1-1
Fantasy Island
NBC The Voice
Quantum Leap

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