It wasn't so bad. George Clooney's speech defending Hollywood's big ole heart was nice, and Philip Seymour Hoffman's tribute to his mom was touching. Jon Stewart was pretty good, and Dolly Parton is a genuine force of nature. On the other hand, Reese Witherspoon offered a sort of windy rehash of her previous acceptance speeches (the other shows are all televised too, little lady), and Ang Lee delivered the "wish I knew how to quit you" line to the sound of crickets. And the last few minutes were a big bummer because we really, really agree with Andrew O'Hehir about "Crash." Really and truly we do.
The highlight of the show came in the first five minutes; the first of many highlight reels, it was the only one we wanted to watch again. And again and again.