Steve Martin penned an open, perhaps unsolicited, but totally charming letter to new Oscar host Eddie Murphy. Martin included some sage advice about hosting, including these highlights:
The losers can feel very sad, so when you're backstage with them, pat their backs, then shake your head sadly. It's a blast! If you feel tired midway through, give Neil Patrick Harris a Red Bull and throw some sheet music at him.
The reaction to a ten-minute preview of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was far from enthused. Responses included "easily forgettable," "very boring," "ugh," as reported on HSX Forum.