I only caught a few minutes of the awards show last night.  I really enjoyed the Kirk Douglas portion.  I thought he was not only funny but very courageous to get up there given the current physical condition he is in.  The show itself kind of bores me year after year.  It seems as though many of the Hollywood stars are living in their own world. many times they tell inside jokes about the industry or talk about things that I just can't relate to and I am guessing neither can most Americans.  The other problem that I have is that most of the movies that get nominated, I never see and the ones that win more often than not are not my kind of movie.  I did see True Grit.  That was a great film  Not as good as the original.  The problem is that you can't replace the Duke.  There is only one John Wayne and no one can come close to pulling off his persona on camera.

I guess in a way country music did find itself at the Oscars..check out the story I found from albrightandomalley.com

Gwyneth Paltrow took to the stage at last night’s Academy Awards to perform 'Coming Home,' the Oscar-nominated song featured in the film, 'Country Strong.'

This was the second time in a matter of a few months Gwyneth performed a song from the movie on an awards shows. Last November, she sang 'Country Strong,' with backing vocals by Vince Gill, at the CMA Awards. She also performed with Cee Lo Green at the Grammy Awards earlier this month, on his huge hit, 'Forget You.'

On the red carpet, Gwyneth wore a stunning, gold Calvin Klein dress and was asked if she could do a duet with anyone (other than her 'Country Strong' co-star Tim McGraw, of course), who would it be? She said, "Jay Z," who just so happens to be the husband of one of her best friends, Beyoncé. "I think we'd be a good combination," Gwyneth continued. "He is a genius, and I'm his biggest fan."

2011 Academy Awards Winners:

Best Picture: The King's Speech

Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth (The King's Speech)

Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Directing: The King's Speech (Tom Hooper)

Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale  (The Fighter)

Actress in s Supporting Role: Melissa Leo (The Fighter)

Official Oscars Website: http://oscar.go.com/award-show