Cheering Billy Crystal's return to the Oscar stage, getting weepy over TV, and more
What a great article on Billy Crystal. I’m an avid fan of the Oscars and movies in general, and have long felt he has been the best host. Mr. Crystal is a comedian and a class act, but most of all he’s a mensch.
Kansas City, Mo.
TV’s Classic Sob Stories
In EW Looks Back, we revealed which heartrending moments triggered our tear ducts. Readers cried foul over the omission of these emotional scenes.
Futurama (Nov. 17, 2002)
No list of TV’s saddest moments is complete without the ending of ”Jurassic Bark.” Just thinking about Fry’s faithful dog closing his eyes makes me choke up.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (May 19, 1998)
Every time I think about ”Becoming: Part 2” — the episode where Buffy was forced to kill her beloved, Angel, and send him to hell — tears well up in my eyes.
ER (May 9, 2002)
I was shocked that ”On the Beach,” after Dr. Greene died, wasn’t included. Am I the only one who still wells up hearing that version of ”Somewhere Over the Rainbow”?
Scrubs (May 6, 2009)
The last several minutes of ”My Finale” were the ultimate reward for fans. We got a tender bit of closure to J.D. and Elliot’s story with a montage set to Peter Gabriel’s cover of ”The Book of Love.”
Star Trek (April 6, 1967)
What about ”The City on the Edge of Forever,” when Captain Kirk finally realized that for the good and advancement of the free galaxy, Edith Keeler must die?
Friday Night Lights (Dec. 2, 2009)
The moment when the reserved Matt Saracen had a meltdown after the death of his father, in season 4’s ”The Son,” couldn’t have been more heartbreaking.
Your article on actors with Down syndrome hit me personally, as I wrote a play called Over the Tavern that features a character modeled after my late brother, who had Down syndrome. The play has had more than 200 productions, but the three most memorable and moving for the audience were those in which the directors were fortunate enough to find actors with DS for the role. I hope this piece opens many doors and minds.
As the mother of a young son who has DS, I was thrilled with your article. With a number of recent movies casually using the word ”retarded,” it was meaningful to read a story highlighting the accomplishments of individuals who happen to have an extra chromosome.
Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride
Owen Gleiberman asked Oscar voters to imagine a world in which Bridesmaids can win Best Picture (Movies), but I’d rather imagine a world where the best picture does indeed win Best Picture, which is exactly what happened this year.
London’s Nancy Drew
I was glad to find ”Nine Great Cures for Downton Abbey Withdrawal” (Books). But you overlooked a wonderful WWI-era heroine in Maisie Dobbs, the sleuthing protagonist of Jacqueline Winspear’s mystery series. If Downton‘s Anna had gone off to college, been sponsored by Lady Mary, and fallen in star-crossed love with a doctor in a field hospital during the war…well, that’s just the start of Maisie’s tale. It would make a great Masterpiece adaptation itself, actually.
In Liu of Gifts
I thoroughly enjoyed your review of Southland — the best drama on TV. Lucy Liu was a bold addition to the show. Now, if only TNT would pick up Prime Suspect.
Elbert Marshall Jr.
Anne Seibel is Midnight in Paris‘ production designer (Movies).