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Ladies and gents,

The problem with running a column on Fridays is that, by the time you go to print, there’s nothing left to say about Sunday night awards shows that hasn’t already been said. That said, I’m just back from LA after a whirlwind of an Oscar weekend. Here is what you need to know:

1) I know that it sounded like Adele Dazeem on the telecast, but in the room it sounded like “Idina Menzel” to me. I think it was a technical issue.

2) Matthew McConaughey seemed to get a lot of flack for his speech, but I can’t quite figure out why. He wasn’t calling himself his own hero, he was simply saying that being the man he wants to be is always just out of reach. I actually have the opposite problem. My hero has always been me, ten years ago.

3) A lot of people wondered why Liza Minnelli grabbed Lupita Nyong’o and embraced her as she made her way to the stage to pick up her Best Supporting Actress statue. I did some digging and it turns out the two actresses go to the same spin class.

4) Kim Novak remains a great star and a fun lady, and I don’t want to hear it!

5) Darlene Love’s performance of “His Eye is on the Sparrow” was completely impromptu. She hadn’t planned to do it. She was literally just singing because she was happy.

6) Cate Blanchett declined to explain what her cryptic message to Julia Roberts — “hashtag: suck it” — meant. I have it on good authority that it refers to a picture Roberts took of Blanchett eating a stone fruit.

Tidbits from around town…

Spotted a tipsy-looking Chelsea Handler trying to find a dance partner at Madonna‘s post-Oscar bash.

Attempted to get backstage to offer congratulations to Emma Thompson following her performance in Sweeney Todd, but she was in a closed door tete-a-tete with none other than Julie Andrews.

Overheard comedian Lewis Black complimenting a waitress on her impeccable service at the Noho Star.

As always, a toast of something sparkling to you and yours!