Richard Brody on MacFarlane's Oscars ⇒

Richard Brody on his Front Row blog:

In the midst of the year-end Oscar-season hype, anticipating the new set of awards even more than looking back at the last one, I kvetched that the least important event was “the Oscars, which function in a giddy parallel fantasy world of cinematic values.” I didn’t suspect how right this hyperbole would prove.

As ever, his insight is excellent. I was planning to put together some thoughts on what I thought was an abysmal bit of live television, but Brody took care of the major points.