Show Business: The Day for Night Stars

Last week TIME'S art critic Robert Hughes decided to take in a live happening, Oscar night, for a change. His report:

It is mildly hallucinatory to attend the Academy Awards for the first time. One flies 3,000 miles to behold the real thing, only to wander onto the set of a long and shapeless parody of the Johnny Carson Show: all has been pre-empted by television, redesigned in terms of the 19-in. screen. The rituals of former years have gone, or at least become so attenuated as to be barely recognizable. In the old days...

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