The Red Carpet was crowded with nominees and non-nominees alike, all making their way into the auditorium in what was the Kodak Theater until Kodak entered insolvency.
Host Billy Crystal owes Kodak a debt of gratitude for giving him so much extra material to work his humor with. By the appointed hour of 5:30 p.m. local time, everyone was in place and the show was launched.
Crystal’s opening was brilliantly and wittily written as it has been each of the 8 prior times he hosted Oscar’s biggest evening. There was even a kiss from George Clooney as Crystal stood in for the character of Clooney’s comatose wife from The Descendants, one of the films nominated for Best Picture.