The big drama tonight wasn't Waltz giving his usual speech for winning a supporting actor prize for Inglourious Basterds or Pete Docter's animated win for Up, or the best song win for Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett for "The Weary Kind" from Crazy Heart. Seeing the clips for the nominated songs was dull---I would have much preferred live performances. But they did save time--making room for all the clips from the ten best picture nominees.
The big story: the Cablevision vs. ABC-TV fracas in New York has been resolved so that Cablevision subscribers were able to get the show. Here's Variety's report on how the duel was resolved in the nick of time:
It came down to the wire, but Disney/ABC has restored service of its New York flagship, WABC, to Cablevision customers in New York -- 10 minutes after the Oscars began.