Has Twitter changed the Oscars?
I ask this because, several years ago, Dave Letterman was basically run off the stage for treating the Oscars with too much irreverence (remember his infamous Uma/Oprah bit?) and last night Ellen DeGeneres was serving pizza, collecting tips, and compelling Brad Pitt to hand out paper plates.
As stars have become more accessible thanks to Twitter and Instagram, it only stands to reason that they’d be more willing to let down their hair and show their human side at awards shows.
(All the more reason why Jimmy Kimmel’s pre-show shtick—where he climbed through a TV and berated a grotesquely slovenly couple for daring to live Tweet the Oscars—seemed so tone deaf and unnecessarily nasty. It was totally antithetical to the spirit of the show.)
Of course, the genius of choosing Ellen to host the Oscars is that she’s not really irreverent at all, certainly not in a way that has any teeth. She’s not Seth MacFarlane making rude jokes and smirking smugly at the audience. She’s not Ricky Gervais (who has hosted the Golden Globes, not the Oscars), gleefully skewering Hollywood culture with several surgically-placed barbs. She’s more of the “stars, they’re just like...