Otherwise, the big night started off nicely with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin on their game as a pair of standup co-hosts insulting the glitterati in the audience (it was noted that Meryl Streep had more nominations than anyone in Hollywood history, which also meant that she had more losses!) But I began to fade as winner after winner loped to the stage. There is a certain sameness about it all. At least Martin and Baldwin descended on the stage from high above it in a rig.
The red carpet leading to the hall was showered with the sort of gasps that you would expect if dozens of mermaids washed ashore in borrowed Gucci gowns. Fantastic and... totally surreal. Words like that Oh, wow! You look so beautiful!
But Hollywood did behave itself this night. Very little cleavage and even less political commentary. As for Fred, there's always next year.