1. Academy Has Perfectly Reasonable Explanation For Why It Inexplicably Chose Not To Honor Joan Rivers
In case you're wondering why comedian and actress Joan Rivers—who, in addition to acting in several films, pretty much invented red carpet color commentary of the Academy Awards as we know it today—was excluded from a sequence paying homage to recently deceased filmmakers and actors during last night's Oscar broadcast, it's because there simply wasn't enough space for her. In a statement submitted to BuzzFeed, Academy officials explained that "Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the 'In Memoriam' segment of this year's Oscar show. She is, however, included in our 'In Memoriam' gallery on Oscar.com." I guess that makes sense, especially since they needed to find space for that classic filmmaker Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Can't believe #Oscars snubbed Joan Rivers - she only spent decades calling every actress in the Academy fat, stupid, or a whore.
— Bertolt Blecht (@benschwartzy) February 23, 2015
2. Bewildered Nation Still Trying To Make Sense Of Last Night's Lady Gaga Performance
During last night's Oscar broadcast, Lady Gaga sang a medley of songs from The Sound of Music—one of the hundreds of movies that were released fifty years ago to which the pop singer has absolutely no connection—in a very conservative style while wearing a very conservative gown on a very conservatively dressed stage. Julie Andrews—the actress who originated the songs on Broadway and in the classic film and is still perfectly capable of singing them today—then came out on stage for no discernible reason. This footage of the event would seem to suggest that it was not an incident of mass delusion: