Last night’s Oscars was billed as “young and hip” thanks to James Franco and Anne Hathway, so it’s interesting that my two favorite presenters of the night were ages 65 and 94. We’ll start with the baby of those two—Helen Mirren. While so many of last night’s presenters were stilted and visibly nervous, Helen appeared with her good friend and “Arthur” co-star, Russell Brand, to present the award for Best Foreign Film. Helen spoke in French while Russell gave hilariously inaccurate translations of what she said. Their rapport was so adorable and natural. I think Helen is amazing—not to mention pretty banging for an AARP member—and I have a full-fledged crush on Brand after reading a bit of My Booky Wook 2 and finding out that he is a former chubster. Honestly, it kind of left me wondering—why didn’t these two host the Oscars? It would have made more sense with the whole young-meets-old theme the Academy went for this year.
My second favorite presenter of the night was Kirk Douglas, who came hobbling out on a cane and looked like he might fall over at any minute as he spoke. He was so charming as he introduced the award for Best Supporting Actress—everyone laughed as he kept talking, postponing the moment of actually opening the envelope and finding out who won. He and Melissa Leo played off each other perfectly. I loved when she stole his cane and they walked off stage arm in arm. Sweet.