Good night and good frock?

Clooney and Witherspoon face different kinds of grilling backstage at the Oscars.

Topics: Broadsheet, George Clooney, Love and Sex,

After the Oscars wrapped up last night, I flipped briefly to “E!” to catch a bit of the post-show, and was struck by the differences between the backstage questions asked of best-supporting-actor winner George Clooney and those asked of best-actress winner Reese Witherspoon.

Now there’s lots of great Academy coverage on Salon already today, and I had neither TiVo nor tape recorder, so this is rough, but here’s what I heard reporters ask Clooney: Do you think the nominated films this year are left of center? What do you think about your fellow best-director nominee Ang Lee?

Here’s what I heard them ask Witherspoon: Where did you get your dress? No, seriously, can you tell us more about your dress? It has so much beading; is it heavy?

Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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