No I didn't stay up until all hours to watch this festival of self-congratulatory self-indulgence! I did, however, record the entire show (including the overage). Watched it this morning while drinking coffee - 47 minutes, start to finish and saw all the important awards, the In Memoriam section and a bit of Hugh Jackman's antics. He is far too classy to involve himself with that bunch of moronic halfwits in Hollywood!
Queen Latifah, aka Dana Owens, sang beautifully and that portion of the show was lovely. I'm glad that Penelope Cruz won; I'm equally sorry that the rat-faced dimbulb named Sean Penn won again, thus giving him yet another platform from which to trash the country that has given him so much. In no other country would someone of his limited intelligence and volatile (not to say violent) temperament receive the amount of recognition and fame that he has achieved. Sean, I don't give a rat's ass what the Academy says - you just aren't that good!
Anyone with a minimum IQ knew that Heath Ledger was going to win. It was heavily predicted that the beautiful, enormously talented and unassuming Kate Winslet was going to win and I'm delighted those predictions were true.
As to the rest of the show, who gives a flip? A family could live for at least a year on the cost of 1 or 2 of the gowns being sported on the red carpet. And some of them, though clearly expensive, were so f-ugly that it would have been a better use of the money. Seriously Beyonce - what were you thinking? And Miley Cyrus - what the hell were you doing there in the first place, and who dresses you so inappropriately in the second place? Is your stylist aware of the fact that you are 16 years old? And Goldie Hawn - you're over 60 years old! Get a dress that FITS, instead of displaying your hardly significant tatas for all to see. Everyone at the ceremony last night should have taken a lesson from the luminous and ever gorgeous Sophia Loren who still exudes glamor and beauty, despite being a woman "of a certain age". I've never been a fan of Meryl Streep, but she was elegant, dignified and dressed in an age-appropriate yet not dowdy manner.
For me, the best surprise of the evening was that Anne Hathaway can SING? Beautifully.