My favorite Oscar moment, though, came with the announcement of the winner for "Best Actress", and involved Sandra Bullock, the winner, and her friend and fellow nominee, Meryl Streep.
The two ladies have been carrying on a friendly Oscar feud ever since the nominees were announced. I heard Sandra Bullock telling the tale on the David Letterman show several weeks ago, so if my re-telling is faulty, blame my lousy memory.
On the day the Best Actresses nominees were announced, Sandra sent Meryl a bouquet of flowers along with a lovely handwritten card that read, "You're going down, bitch!" Meryl, in turn, cut the heads off of the flowers and sent them back to Sandra with a note saying, "Bring it on!" The two have been playfully taking shots at the other as the Oscars approached.
That brings us to Sunday night. When Sandra was announced as the winner, she stood, hugged her husband and a few of the other people she was sitting with, and then started across the aisle to where Meryl Streep was sitting. Sandra leaned down and reached out to give Meryl a hug. Meryl, in turn, reached out to embrace her friend--at which point, Sandra pulled back, aborting the hug, turned her back on Meryl and headed for the stage, leaving Meryl hugging empty air!
That's when my favorite moment occurred. As Sandra Bullock walked away........
.....Meryl Streep gave a laugh that said, "Oh, YOU!", reached out, and gave Sandra a swat on the behind--something, I must admit, I wouldn't mind doing!
Sandra didn't acknowledge Meryl's love tap in any way, and just proceeded to the stage. She gave a lovely acceptance speech, and got in another shot or two at Meryl in the process.
I think the Oscar telecast would be more tolerable if we could more moments like that one. The award for "Best Swat" goes to..........