This year’s Oscars was a boring mélange of warmed-over jokes from milquetoast host Ellen Degeneres and uncontroversial speeches from the Oscar winners. And that was a welcome respite from the normal Oscar tendency toward political controversy.
Nonetheless, the Oscars left a slightly bitter aftertaste, largely because this year, even more than most, the self-worship of the elites took center stage.
Take, for example, ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, who invaded the red carpet to listen to the laments of one of the hosts about mean people on Twitter criticizing her gown. He then popped through the television set into a fat couple’s living room, where he proceeded to mock their outfits. “Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones, because you’ll ruin your house,” he said. The message: Don’t be mean to those rich, famous celebrities peacocking before millions. Because you’re just a shlub. And those folks are special.
The cult of celebrity continues to thrive. At least this year, the stars chose to celebrate themselves rather than to attempt to expand their purview to areas of life beyond the camera.