Last Sunday night, Hollywood staged the Academy Awards, its annual lovefest to itself. This was a relief to everyone
after concerns that the just-concluded writer's' strike would hijack the 80th annual ceremony; however, the Oscar telecast drew record low ratings
, prompting another kind of soul-searching
. Whether the Academy Awards need a facelift
or not, this year's ceremony still had its moments—Supporting Actress winner Tilda Swinton dedicating her award to her Oscar-lookalike agent
(who was thrilled
), upset Best Actress winner Marion Cotillard providing the instantly clip-worthy line
"It is true there are some angels in this city," and Jon Stewart showing his
class by inviting "Falling Slowly" songwriter Marketa Irgova back to the stage
after she'd been cut off by a musical cue.
The night also offered a clear narrative: spreading the love by exporting California gold
to foreign lands. For the first time in more than three decades, none of the acting award winners
were Americans, and as one observer noted
, none of the top six prizes went to single Americans—the Coen Brothers count as dual Americans. They're also consummate outsiders, and outsiders were another big story on a night when Juno
scribe Diablo Cody, who had her stripper past mocked in a parody video
a few days earlier and by Stewart in his opening remarks
, capped her remarkable ascendancy by winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and receiving a standing O from Oscar goers.
Cody shared the love with her legions of adoring fans by posting a picture of herself in bed with the trophy
to her MySpace blog the next morning, but the Oscar wasn't the only love she got last weekend. The Academy Awards might be the big kahuna, but there were other shows too, including the Independent Spirit Awards, where Juno
was honored for best picture, actress, and debut screenplay
. Canada had an awards show too, the inaugural Canadian Indie Awards, which bestowed its top prize
to Sarah Polley's acclaimed Alzheimer's drama, Away from Her
. And in France, they had the Cesars
, where Cotillard's La Vie en Rose
cleaned up, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
's Mathieu Almaric won best actor, and Marjane Satrapi's lovely animated Persepolis
earned best first film and adapted screenplay, gaining some consolation after having been shut out of the Academy Awards' disastrous foreign film category
In another form of spreading the love, a new meme fully exploded on late-night TV and the Internet of celebrities [bonking] one another in jest. In a special post-Oscars show, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel took revenge
on longtime girlfriend Sarah Silverman for her satiric "I'm [Bonking] Matt Damon"
video by running a star-studded "We Are the World"-style video in which he declared that he was [bonking] Ben Affleck
. Director Kevin Smith sought to exploit the situation to promote his upcoming film Zack and Miri Make a Porno
with yet another video titled "I'm [Bonking] Seth Rogen,"
who stars in the film. The New York Times got tongue-tied
trying to analyze the phenomenon, while others
it would stop
. With all this [bonking], perhaps it was appropriate that the trailer for the much-anticipated Sex and the City movie
came out last week. Maybe it also helps explain why so much of Hollywood seems to be pregnant
, as Stewart also pointed out during the Oscars, with Nicole Kidman, Jessica Alba, Cate Blanchett, and Angelina Jolie all expecting. Maybe Juno
had a bigger impact on Hollywood than anyone even realized.