I'd been planning to watch

I’d been planning to watch the Oscars with Nick last night. But at the last minute he and I decided that we weren’t feeling perky enough to justify staying up until four or five in the morning (my insomnia, of course, was not as evident at that point of the evening). So instead we watched advance episodes of Buffy, borrowed from my contact in the TV section of Time Out (thanks Noam).

From all accounts, it wasn’t a particularly sensational evening. The BBC’s list of winners contains very few actual surprises – although there are a few disappointments. Steven Soderbergh clearly deserved to win Best Director for Traffic. Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous deserved more than just Best Original Screenplay. The depressing part of the evening was clearly the Gladiator win for best picture and best actor. This was not a sensational film.