Offered without comment.
8. Christopher Plummer
At the age of 82, Christopher Plummer is the oldest actor ever to win an Oscar. In spite of an extraordinary body of work, this was also his very first Oscar. His speech? Well, let’s just say this: Future Academy Award winners, take note. Funny, poignant, honest, and not a trace of ego—this is how it’s done. Bravo, sir!
9. Will Ferrell’s and Zach Galifianakis’s Presentation for Best Original Song
Okay, yes, I’m still bitter about not being able to see a performance of the actual songs; but this is an acceptable consolation prize. It was made even more acceptable by the fact that the absolutely brilliant “Man or Muppet,” written by Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie for The Muppets, won. It may sound weird, but this is the one award that I’ve been waiting for with baited breath. Because I’m a very manly Muppet. Or something. Whatever. Go, Muppets!
10. The Cast of Bridesmaids
These lovely ladies were the darlings of the awards season this year—and not just for their spectacular film. Each and every one of their award presentations has been laugh-out-loud funny, even when the awards they were presenting may not necessarily have been (as was the case here with the awards for Best Live Action Short Film, Best Documentary Short Subject, and Best Animated Short Film). You know what? Scorsese.
11. Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin, I have no idea what you were saying in that last bit, but I adore you.
12. Colin Firth’s Words to Meryl Streep
Unexpected, brilliant, and funnier than I thought Colin Firth could ever be. He is, after all, terribly British. Mamma Mia. Congrats, Meryl!
Bonus: Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dictator (E! interview)
Even though Sacha Baron Cohen was told expressly NOT to attend the Oscars dressed as General Admiral Alladeen, he did anyway (because when has Sacha Baron Cohen ever played by the rules?). Here’s what happened when Ryan Seacrest tried to interview him during E!’s live red carpet coverage. Ryan does not look amused.
Check out the full list of winners here!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.