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

by Caryn James
February 28, 2011 11:23 AM
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Oscars Real Time: Oprah!

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.

WHAT WE HEARD


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.


WHAT WAS MISSING


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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4 Comments

  • bob hawk | March 2, 2011 9:53 AMReply

    Sorry re post below. This link should work:

    http://www.broadwayworld.com/videoplay.php?colid=213834

  • bob hawk | March 2, 2011 9:43 AMReply

    Hey George,

    Here's a link to the Oscar Finale with the entire song sung by the PS22 kids:

    http://broadwayworld.com/videoplay.php?colid=213834

  • thelma adams | March 2, 2011 4:31 AMReply

    Bale totally forgot her name. Totally. Franco proved he can't do every thing.

  • george keller | March 1, 2011 12:04 AMReply

    I am sorry I could not stay up till the end of the Oscars because I would have like to hear the children singing.
    I was overjoyed when I found out Oprah was going to have the children sing on her 4 o'clock program.But that turned out to be a big letdown as they did not sing the song but rather something else that I am sure older people have never heard and will not be going out to buy. I hope Oprah revisits the Oscars again this time playing their end of the program song.

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