Thompson on Hollywood

So far the Oscars are going as predicted. Mark Boal's win for The Hurt Locker is a sign of strength for the movie--which many best picture Oscar watchers have been abandoning for Avatar in the last week. And it means that Harvey Weinstein's long, hard campaign for Inglourious Basterds did not bear fruit. Unless Inglourious wins cinematography, the Christoph Waltz supporting actor prize will be it.

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.