Is Hilary Swank just a simple girl from a trailer park? Yes. Is sound editing artistic? You’d better believe it is, fool! Below, EW’s answers to some of Oscar night’s trickier puzzles.
Why did the orchestra play Jerry Goldsmith’s Star Trek: The Next Generation theme after Morgan Freeman’s Best Supporting Actor win? Live long and prosper, Morgan! Actually, most arrangements were nods to distinguished composers who died last year, including 18-time nominee Goldsmith, and 14-time nominee Elmer Bernstein, whose The Magnificent Seven also played. ”We don’t know who the winners will be, so [how] something matches up is just luck,” says musical director Bill Conti. This time, the luck was bad: The Terminator tune (written by Brad Fiedel, still very much alive) was supposed to be a wink at Chris Rock’s ”welcome to the 77th and last Academy Awards” joke. (”He’s the terminator,” Conti explains. ”It’s so subtle that nobody got it.”) Unfortunately, the lethal theme kicked in right after Aviator cinematographer Robert Richardson’s touching tribute to his hospitalized mother. ”Who knew he was gonna talk about that?” says Conti.
Best Supporting Actress Cate Blanchett said that she hopes her son will marry Martin Scorsese’s daughter. When do the invitations go out? Oh, in about 25 years. Blanchett’s oldest son with husband Andrew Upton, Dashiell John, is 3 (her other son, Roman Robert, is just 10 months), and Scorsese’s daughter (with fifth wife Helen Morris) Francesca is 5. (Marty also has two children from previous marriages.)
When Adam Sandler appeared on stage without announced co-presenter Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rock graciously joined him at the mic for a little The Longest Yard-is-coming-out-in-two-months shtick. Was Mrs. Michael Douglas really a no-show? Nah. She was never scheduled to attend. So why did Rock write the gag specifically for ”Cat Zeta”? ”Why not?” says a Rock rep.
Was that Billy Crudup playing a gas station attendant in the MasterCard commercial? Yep. The Almost Famous star has been the voice of MasterCard’s ”priceless” ads since 1997. That sound you hear? Mary-Louise Parker roaring with laughter.