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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 27, 2012 at 9:49 AM

The Academy Awards — the morning after

A few bits and pieces from last night’s very up-and-down show:
— How did I miss that TJ Martin, former Seattleite and a director of the Oscar-winning documentary “Undefeated,” dropped last night’s only F-bomb? (Probably because the win sparked a lot of chatter here in the Times newsroom, and last night’s telecast had so many technical problems I thought it was just a blip.) Anyway, TJ did indeed employ some colorful language to express the well-meaning wish that all of the other nominees could share the moment; he later apologized, saying, “I don’t think that was the classiest thing in the world, however, with that said it did come from the heart.” I think everyone, particularly Melissa Leo, understands. By the way, for those curious about “Undefeated,” it’ll open in Seattle in mid-March.
— To be precise, Martin dropped the only F-bomb in English. Jean Dujardin admitted to uttering the French equivalent of the word in his acceptance speech; shocking every American who remembers giggling through high-school French.
— Christopher Plummer is now the oldest actor to ever win an Oscar. Jean Dujardin is the first Frenchman to win best actor. Meryl Streep is one of only two female actors to win three Oscars (Katharine Hepburn has four). Woody Allen is now a member of an elite club: one of five people to have won three writing Oscars (the others: Charles Brackett, Paddy Chayefsky, Francis Ford Coppola and Billy Wilder). Anyone else have a fun trivia fact to add?
— I haven’t had too much time to dig around the Internet yet, but has anyone from the Academy or ABC commented on the sound problems that plagued last night’s telecast? I suspect Billy Crystal’s song medley might have been funnier if we could understand the words.
— Or maybe not. Billy was likable as ever, but didn’t really find a comedy zone last night. I’d be surprised if he’ll be asked back. My vote for next year’s host: the “Bridesmaids” crew. Or maybe Emma Stone.
— Favorite outfits, anyone? My best dressed of the night: Jessica Chastain, Glenn Close, Octavia Spencer, Jean Dujardin’s wife, and that announcer on ABC in the pink dress. Worst dressed: Berenice Bejo, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley.
— Best speech? Probably Plummer, followed closely by Streep, followed closely by the very charming Irish father/daughter team who made the live-action short film “The Shore.”
Any other thoughts, before we say goodbye to Oscar for another year?

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