journeywoman, many vibes and hugs go out to you. I'm sorry your FiL isn't doing so well.
the Oscars were pretty Meh for me. My favorite part was when Bill Murray ad-libbed his bit about Harold Ramis. Also, (shallow here) none o the dresses or tuxes really stood out for me. Again, meh.
And also, she totally deserved to get her oscar, but everyone is acting as if Lupiuta Nyong'o came out of the blue, but she has an MFA from Yale, so it's not like she was walking along the street and Steve McQueen said "hey let me put you in my movie and teach you to act." Darn Media.
But I've had my name travolta-fied and now I shall only reply to Stephanie Cozzins.
Here's the link: http://www.slate.com...volta_name.html