Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

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Oscar Slims Down

The 73d Annual Academy Awards featured something Oscar's audience hasn't seen in years: credits. Taking a frills-free approach to speeches and dance numbers alike, the Academy pulled off one of the biggest surprises in recent Oscar history by ending three minutes early. But without any one-handed push-ups or a "Saving Private Ryan" tap number, the evening was short on shock as well. Julia Roberts and "Gladiator" both won as expected. Original-song winner Bob Dylan's lyrics were predictably indecipherable. Jennifer Lopez in her sheer Chanel top had the fashion police groaning with pleasure again, while pop's reigning risk taker, Bjork, had them howling at her ugly duckling of a dress. But if there weren't too many moments with teeth, at least there were some good ones involving them. Danny DeVito--apparently filling in for Jack Nicholson as the unofficial host's sidekick--spent so much of the evening munching on carrots and celery that host Steve Martin stopped the show to deliver some dip. Martin also bared his fangs at Russell Crowe, joking that "Ellen Burstyn made herself look 30 pounds heavier and 20 years older [for "Requiem for a Dream"], and Russell Crowe still hit on her." And then there was the pearly-toothed princess herself. Julia's nearly four-minute "I love the world" oration was the evening's emotional climax. Unless, of course, you count the way Bob Dole leered at Britney Spears in the new Pepsi commercial. …

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