With Buddha-like compassion for the Googlers who are searching today for “Salma Hayek Academy Awards 2006” and finding my outdated 2005 photos of The Perfect Platonic Form of Woman, I offer a vision of Salma 2006.
Who was, as always, one of the highlights of the show for me. And many millions of other men too. One of the lowlights was the Oscars’ repeated admonition to see movies in movie theatres rather than at home on DVD. That just made me more determined to avoid over-priced popcorn and talkative seat-neighbors whenever I can.
Those who follow my performance at Jim Ramsey’s annual Academy Awards Potluck Party (who must number in the ones or twos) will be saddened to hear that this year I got second prize in the Most Awards Guessed Right contest.
I think I over-prepared. I usually avoid searching out predictions of award winners by supposed experts. However, a few days ago I noticed that a New York Times critic had offered up his opinion of who the winners would be and I paid more attention to it than I should have.
For example, my heart was with “Crash” for Best Picture, but I went with the conventional wisdom favorite, “Brokeback Mountain.” That failure to trust my intuition was costly, as I only ended up two correct guesses behind the winner. Who, reaping home court/TV advantage was the party’s host, Jim.
Here I am, trying to look Buddha-like content with my second-place trophy while my heart (and right hand) longs for the first-place prize. Oh, well. There’s always next year. And, I can only hope, another photo of Salma Hayek in a low-cut dress.
Kudos to MTV.com for recognizing that Salma was the “standout” of all the beautiful women who appeared on the Academy Awards stage last night.