Hollywood: Who's There?

Oscar night, once Hollywood's annual town meeting, is rapidly becoming a party for the people who didn't come.

At last week's big show, well over half of the Oscar nominees were not there. Hollywood simply is not one place any more. It is now an earth-circling synecdoche. Its personnel are too far scattered to fly to Los Angeles on the mere chance that they might win an Oscar. The mass meeting, 1947 format, no longer works. Hence no one else can be expected to give much of a damn, and few did.

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