I thought the joke about Minnelli (yes, it was in poor taste, but I’ve heard worse at the Academy Awards) was the least of DeGeneres’ troubles last night. I have a high tolerance for Oscar tedium but last night really took the boredom biscuit. MacFarlane at least produced some funny stuff. DeGeneres had nuthin’. The selfie bit might have been okay the first time but she overworked it. As for the pizza bit, I’m sure the audience members appreciated the opportunity to get pizza sauce on their designer frocks and dinner jackets – Harrison Ford’s face was a picture, and later on there was a glimpse of Meryl Streep’s husband nobly scarfing his wife’s piece. She wasn’t helped by the terrible idea of showing montages from past Oscar-winning pictures and theme montages like “Heroes.” The show rolled on even longer than usual, the chief victim onstage being Idina Menzel, who suffered the double indignity of having her song cut short and John Travolta getting her name wrong.
I too was surprised that Novak didn’t get a big standing O. Given that they were hopping up and down on the flimsiest of pretexts (maybe they needed to stretch their legs) it’s hard to see why not.