Monday, February 23, 2009
Oscar Night à la française
It turned out to be a fabulous Oscar night for the French, despite Mickey Rourke's lack of awards. Marion Cotillard was a presenter; Jerry Lewis was honored by the Academy for his humanitarian work; Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior made their requisite appearances on the stars.
But the Frenchman who stole the evening had to be Philippe Petit with his Oscar-balancing act. He gave the best acceptance speech of them all - at least, far better than the cringe-inducing, painfully long speeches of many of the foreigners who accepted last night.
Hint: If you can't say much more than "I'd like to thank the Academy", then you shouldn't even try to wow us with your linguistic pyrotechnics. Marion was pushing it with her fem-bot reading of the teleprompter while presenting Kate Winslet with the Best Actress award. French accents are cute, but usually only when they're free-flowing.
Photo: Mark Ralston/Agence France-Presse -- Getty Images