5. A bitch in Prada
It just took one look to sum up so-gay fashionista flick “The Devil Wears Prada.” It was the devilish stare, with her eyes narrow and lips pursed, that Streep pulled out when co-stars Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt presented the award for costume design. Both actresses admitted neglecting to get Streep, their bitchy onscreen boss, a cappuccino. For several seconds the camera zoomed in on Streep’s pissed off pose. And for several more seconds, we cracked up.
4. Shadow puppets
Come on David Copperfield. Tell us, how’d you make the dance troupe pull this one off? Ooh-la-la silhouettes by Pilobolus recognized some of the year’s biggest hits – a super-dooper huge stiletto heel for “The Devil Wears Prada,” a minibus for “Little Miss Sunshine” – and biggest bombs, serpents surrounding a jet for “Snakes on a Plane.”
3. Dreamy girls
Thanks, J-Hud. After the ex-“Idol” decided to join Beyonce on her Oscar-losing tune “Listen,” there’s a nagging question that needs an answer. Quick! Would J-Hud, with her howling vocals, have won the Oscar had she taken B’s place? On another note, a personal one to jiggly Jen and busty Beyonce: Next time you both plan on sweeping across the stage in deep-cut dresses, try another bra. Or, even better, try a bra.
2. Etheridge over Effie
Who knew? Sure, Etheridge had the whole environmental push for her theme song to Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” but facing “Dreamgirls'” three nods for Best Original Song seemed like a win that the rocker could, well, only dream of. But, like every other battle she’s prevailed over, Etheridge, whose fierce performance scored the show points, wasn’t going to let Effie and her comrades steal her glory. Hell to the no, she said. Or something like that.
Call her our saving grace. Or our bubbly suit-sporting lesbian who helped the bloated ceremony pop. DeGeneres’ breezy monologue, where she teased nominees for fretting over who’ll win, was just a taste of the comedian’s chock-full night of memorable moments. Like, passing her script – a mesh of “Goodfellas” and “Big Mama’s House” called “Goodmama” – over to Martin Scorsese and asking Steven Spielberg to take a snapshot of herself and Clint Eastwood for her MySpace page and getting caught in a Pilobolus silhouette. “They’re naked!” she joked (I think?).