Bloggers recap the Academy Awards, pooh-pooh the Christian right's difficulties in finding an appropriate presidential candidate, and admonish Delta Zeta for asking some minority or overweight sisters to vacate one of its sorority houses.
And the Oscar for best liberal: Al Gore was the surprise "rock star" of Sunday night's Oscars, providing viewers with the strange spectacle of Ryan Seacrest interviewing Gore about who he was wearing. (A: Ralph Lauren)
Law blogger Ann Althouse has a play-by-play of Gore's big moment: "And Al wins the Oscar!!!!! …Why did they make the film? Because of the problem of global warming??? Oh, no: 'We were moved to act by this man.' So says the director, reaching over to touch the hem of Al Gore's garment. He's gasping with awe. It's kinda embarrassing. He pumps the Oscar weirdly twice in Al's direction and he says 'We share this with you.' The camera goes to Larry David, clapping righteously. Now, Gore speaks: global warming is 'not a political issue, it's a moral issue.' I like Al. He makes his wooden squareness hip and cool."
Not everyone loved Gore. James Joyner, writing at conservative Outside the Beltway, was on to a left-wing conspiracy: "Gore joins a growing line of liberal political activists to win major awards in recent years: The Dixie Chicks, Michael Moore, and Hillary Clinton come readily to mind in the 'arts.'… One wonders how long these awards will retain their credibility? …[T]o so overtly use these awards to send a political message can't sit that well with the majority of the country to whom that message is being sent."
Vonnie-K bestowed his own awards: "Funniest Bit: Will Farrell & Jack Black hitting on Helen Mirren in song, because... wouldn't you? (…How cool is that the object of collective lust/fanboying was a woman in her 60's?) Well, tied with Leo DiCaprio's intense man-crush on Al Gore, which was kind of adorable. Most Cringe-worthy Bit: Celine fucking Dion singing 'in tribute' to the poor Ennio Morricone. Seriously, Academy? What did poor Ennio ever do to you?"
Defamer liveblogs both the style and substance of the whole affair: "6:23 [PST]: Oscar Poll FuckageWatch: Upset! Alan Arkin's cracked out grandpa beats Eddie Murphy for Supporting Actor! The Curse of the Fat Suit is in effect. Five DreamWorks publicists bite down on the cynanide capsules they'd had available for just such a disappointment. J-Hud is feeling a little less sure of herself, sweating all over the tinfoil shrug she was obviously talked into wearing by an insane stylist."
So few good men: Bloggers didn't have much sympathy for the New York Times' report that the Council on National Policy, a secretive organization of Christian conservatives, is struggling to find a worthy presidential candidate.
Lynn's Daughter, a teacher and atheist of late, had a typical reaction: "Give me a moment while I find a reason to feel their desperation. Nope, still not there. My questions is, is a schism opening between republican rich war-mongers and the christians? I sure hope so. … I'm feverently hoping that the rein of superstitious nonsense is finally over. After all, this is NOT, nor was it ever intended, to be a nation founded on religion."
Conservative dentist FulloseousFlap looks down the road: "When Rudy Giuliani wraps up the GOP nomination, the KINGMAKERS of the Evangelical Christian Right MIGHT turn to a third party candidate. The only question is how marginalized and irrelevant will they become. No GOP Senator, Governor or Congressman will foresake their political career to become a GOP spoiler in '08. Flap's bet is that these folks will splinter and divide. Some will covertly support Giuliani and some will support the third party candidate."