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Worst. Oscars. Ever.

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2011 Academy Awards hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway
2011 Academy Awards hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway
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The Fashion: Winter's Bone nominee Jennifer Lawrence looked amazing. I leave the rest to E's Fashion Police honchos Joan Rivers and daughter Melissa, who should start by having a go at Cate Blanchett wearing a birthday cake with melted icing.

The Special Segments: There's no arguing with the "In Memorium" tributes. But the "AutoTune the Movies" idea, with songs being forced into the mouths of stars from Twilight, Harry Potter and The Social Network, was lame personified. Another broken interpretation of the concept of hip.

'Hollywood Travers' and 'Indie Travers' Duke It Out Over Their Oscar Picks

The Songs: Randy Newman gave a witty speech after winning Best Song for his "We Belong Together" ditty from Toy Story 3. But listening to the songs themselves (I especially mean you, Country Tepid Gwyneth Paltrow) was tantamount to an ear beating. Stop it.

Oscar's Best Original Songs: The Rightful Winners and Snubbed Losers

The Winners: It was Young Hollywood versus the Old Guard, and the Old Guard won. In a show dedicated to hip, the awards went the opposite way with The King's Speech. But Best Original Score to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Social Network gave me hope. Ditto four prizes for Inception, despite the colossal Academy stupidity of NOT nominating Christopher Nolan as Best Director. Talk about having your finger on the youthful demographic! The Academy's new direction is Backwards Ho!

The King's Speech Wins Big at Academy Awards

Famous Last Words: Cheers to Best Picture presenter Steven Spielberg for reminding viewers that the nine nominees that don't win will find themselves in the company of  Citizen Kane, The Grapes of Wrath, and The Graduate. Take heart, Social Network: where Oscar is concerned, it's cool to be a loser. 

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