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Opening Arguments

Quiet, children

Finally, the review I've been waiting for -- "Oscar full of grammar flubs & mispronunciations":

John Travolta didn’t have to memorize the names of all the Oscar nominees. He didn’t even have to memorize the names of all of the performers of the Best Original Song nominees since he was only introducing one of them. He didn’t even have to memorize Idina Menzel’s name. It was right there on the teleprompter. Yet here is how it came out: “Please welcome the ‘Wicked’-ly talented, one and only Adele Dazim.”

Adele Dazim? Maybe it was an anagram. For flubbing 10 seconds of patter, Travolta won the Not Even Close award, though there was intense competition. The 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony was dubbed “a celebration of heroes.” A more accurate label would have been “Open Mic Night” at the Dolby Theatre.

Cate Blanchett, the picture of elegance and icy intelligence, accepted her award for Best Actress from Daniel Day-Lewis with these words: “Thank you, Mr. Day-Lewis, from you it exacerbates this honor and blows it right out of the ballpark.” Honey, if you don’t know the meaning of a word (exacerbate=make worse), don’t test it out in front of a couple hundred million viewers.

Zac Efron, a professional performer from the age of 15, introduced singer Karen O. as an “aspiration.”

And for some reason we take these people seriously when they lecture us on politics, the economy, global warming, etc. etc., etc. They're children, basically, who earn their living with make-believe. Children have childish thoughts and what is it we say about children? Seem and not heard, that's what.