Perhaps the best part of the Oscars for me was the tribute to the late John Hughes. I'm not going to link his name to a Wikipedia entry because if you don't know who he is, you are out of it read this post.
I will say that "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" is a classic and that I always at least a few minutes of it on AMC. It's funny to think back that Ferris was upset at getting a computer instead of the car that his sister got, when you think about what his hacking skills could be used for in 2010.
What is interesting about that tribute was the inclusion of Judd Nelson. Judd is best known as John Bender in the iconic movie The Breakfast Club, but hasn't really done much in years.
Anyways, Judd decides to show up at the Oscars looking like a dog's lunch, causing a huge stir online. Perhaps the best part of the story is that it has since been picked up by mainstream print media and they decide to use a picture that, in my estimation, isn't even from that night.
Here is the print piece with picture.
And here is an US Weekly picture from the article above that is from the Oscars. Unless he showered and got a haircut backstage (afterall, this is the Oscars), something funny is going on.
Regardless, I have to say that Judd (I feel like I know him after seeing all of his movies) failed to capitalize on the huge TV audience to re-launch his career in the mainstream (yes, I know his IMDB lists recent credits).
I went through my days of having long hair. I don't regret them for even one second but I have to say that at some point, you have to realize that image does come into play in your career and showing up somewhere looking nice means something. I wish that wasn't the case and I wish people didn't make such a big deal about appearance but I don't think showing up in front of billions looking like that helped much.
Then again, if you have all of the world talking about you, did you really lose?