Favorite Oscar Moment
Last night was the Oscars. My favorite moments of 2008:
- Superbad‘s Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill filling in for Halle Barry and Judi Dench
- Jon Stewart‘s joke about Norbit’s nomination (“So often the Academy ignores movies that are… not good”)
- Jon Stewart‘s joke about Gaydolf Titler’s 1944 Presidential Campaign
- The Rock saving a joke that could have easily bombed with a perfectly timed facial expression
- Cate Blanchett looking more overjoyed about Marion Cotillard winning Best Actress than Marion Cotillard herself.
- Jon Stewart bringing Best Song winner, Marketa Irglova, back out after her thank you speech was thwarted by poorly timed music.
But none of those moments compare to my all-time favorite Oscar moment! Robin Williams’ performance in 2000 of South Park’s Blame Canada.
Back in 2000, I was unaware of all the announcements about the song ahead of time – the deliberations of word changes, who would sing and whether or not “fart” was appropriate for ABC.
So as the Best Song performances unfolded and I noted only four sets and watched four abbreviated song performances, I came to a faulty conclusion.
“Oh my gawd! They are snubbing South Park! They are SNUBBING SOUTH PARK!”
My outrage, it turns out, was ungrounded. They did let “Blame Canada” be performed after all (and with a bigger production than all the other songs combined). So here it is, my favorite Oscar moment: