Wow. The Oscars are finally over.
I've blogged before about how irritating it is that everything that is broadcast "live" is only tape delayed here on the West Coast - even events that originate here. There are a few exceptions: one is the Super Bowl. The other is the Academy Awards.
Thank goodness they started at 5:30 p.m.! What were they -- one hour longer than scheduled this year? Does anyone out on the East Coast stay up for the whole thing? I don't think I could. By their 9:30 finish, I was ready.
As for the awards themselves -- I wasn't unhappy. This is the first year in a long time when I actually got to see a couple of the nominated films ("The Queen," and "Little Miss Sunshine.") It was great to see Scorsese finally win. I felt bad for Eddie Murphy and Peter O'Toole, but happy for Alan Arkin and Forrest Whittaker. Jennifer Hudson and Helen Mirren were amazing in their nominated roles. I enjoyed the montages about the movies -- especially the tribute to the screenwriter. I know. I'm weird that way.
We had a busy weekend, starting on Friday with Megan's gymnastics meet in San Diego. Documenting her accomplishments on film is a challenge -- you can't use the flash while the competition is on (it could affect the athletes' ability to see what they're doing) and the light is frequently poor. That's one of the reasons my husband gave me for buying his cool new camera. So now, he's experimenting. On Friday, he thought he would try setting it for the fastest speed he could, so he could try and capture her in action. The results were very grainy (which he expected) and he wasn't happy with this photo -- but I include this photo because I was amazed to see how high Megan's jump on the beam actually is. (And Megan says she didn't jump as high as usual!)
She was scored an 8.95 on beam, which I thought was pretty good -- especially as she's only been competing at this level for a couple of months. She went home with third place medals in beam and floor... and looked happier than any of tonight's Oscar winners (even Marty Scorsese).