Things I don't understand about the Oscars:
1) the importance of dresses on the red carpet ... some are pretty, many are not ... there is no more meaning than that.
2) the importance of hats (the priest Hoffman), the nonchalance of faux royalty (the pitt-jolies, or the jolie-pitts, I can't tell), the Hollywood humor of Hollywood inside jokes.
3) the importance of Sean Penn.
4) the importance of gays as oppressed class and saved by personal lord and savior Oscar -- the only god Bill Maher doesn't hate
5) the importance of Bill Maher
6) the importance of sex, exotic sex, transgressive sex, transgendered sex, forget-gender sex, and especially, stick-it-to-the-church sex
7) the importance of musicals as liturgical act in time of economic depression (almost like a moleben): what crime of mankind could have possibly deserved a sequence that went from the lovely Somewhere and Maria to All that Jazz, At Last, and whatever was scatologized by High School Musical? Whoever invented the medley should be sent to Gitmo quick before it closes.
8) the importance of the curious Hollywood belief that ironic solipsism is a religious act of cleansing from sin. Perhaps that is so in Oscar's Mass, but not in the real world.
9) the importance of the Oscars: doesn't anyone "get" the ultimate Hollywood inside joke? That this is a movie about a movie about a movie? That Hamlet's thespians have become powers and principalities?
10) modern importance