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What We Did – and Didn’t – Learn In Oprah’s Post-Oscar Show

What We Did - and Didn't - Learn In Oprah's Post-Oscar Show

The Oprah Winfrey Show did its annual post-Oscar program today, dragging sleep-deprived winners from Colin Firth to Melissa Leo back onto the stage of the Kodak Theater for one more interview. Maybe they think of it as gradual withdrawal from the frenzy of campaigining.

Here are the highlights: a few new things we heard, and some major gaps.


Anne Hathaway, ever the diplomat, praised her co-host, James Franco (the photo above is one he tweeted during the show) and said it was great to be paired with him because of “our two different energies.” Apparently in addition to singing and acting she’s a master of understatement, because different energies doesn’t begin to do it. As I said in my review, she was perky to his surly.


Franco. Hathaway said, this time without great conviction, that she thought he was back at school. After the show, “He hopped on a plane and went to class.”

Christian Bale. He wasn’t there in person, so Oprah showed a clip of his acceptance speech and backstage interview after with Gayle King. When King asked if he remembered anything he’d said onstage, he said it had been important to thank his wife (going for the save?). That led to something else that was missing …

The Big Bale Question. Did he blank on his wife’s name as he seemed to in that very clip? King didn’t mention it. Total wimp-out. Judge for yourself:

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