Boo! boo! boo! to the tribute to the Wizard of Oz on last night’s Oscar. Like many on tumblr, I waited breathlessly for it—watching Mutiny on the Bounty on TCM and switching over to the Oscars just in time for the tribute. : )
Whoopie Goldberg introduced the tribute, saying how much she loved the Wizard of Oz as a kid. Yes, good, we all did. Then she introduced Judy’s children, Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, and Joey Luft, who took a bow. Very good. Excellent.
Then, I waited. What was going to happen? Would Whoopi talk to them? Ask them about their mother’s reminiscences of the film? Talk about what it means to be Judy’s kids? Or, even better. have them sing? Imagine a duet of Liza and Lorna singing their mother’s signature song. We would have wept.
But no, none of that happened. Instead Whoopi introduced Pink to sing their mother’s Somewhere over the Rainbow in a red dress cut down to her naval, while images of Judy in a gingham dress appeared behind her, but the camera kept coming back to Pink and her cleavage.
Then, the audience gave Pink—Pink!—a standing ovation, For what? For playing vocal tricks with a song that should have been sung from the heart? By Judy’s children.
Why did the Academy invite Judy’s children? It was so sad watching Liza. She was like the uncool kid who doesn’t know everyone doesn’t like her. But your tumblr fans love you, Liza, and you and your siblings should have been the stars of the tribute. Standing ovation for Judy, Liza, Lorna, and Joey, Sid too.