The rather predictable events of the Oscars tonight where enlivened by the brilliant, soul-shattering solos of Bette Midler and Idina Menzel. Bette, who has never been better, has never performed at the Oscar before, and tonight she outdid herself, legend that she is, by topping a very moving, very quickly edited “In Memoriam” section, which ended with a freeze frame of Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Bette moved to tears again, and took me right back to the ’80s when I, too, had a gay rock group, and that song “The Wind Beneath My Wings”. I think I sang it, when I had a rock group, yes, I did, called Stephen Holt and the Boys. And yes, all the Boys died of AIDS…
And then Idina Menzel whose name was completely mispronounced by John Travolta, knocked and rocked and socked it to us all with “Let It Go” fom “Frozen” which then just won Best Song.
Both Divas got totally deserved standing ovations. And the shows running really long! It’s almost 11:30pm!
Ellen, then undercuts it all, by tastelessly shilling the audience for money for the pizza. Ugh.