The Madeleine Brand Show for February 27, 2012

Comedian Teresa Strasser's sassy recap of the 2012 Oscars

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Host Billy Crystal performs onstage during the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

In case you missed the ceremony last night, writer and comedian Teresa Strasser joins the show with a sassy recap of this year's Oscars. She takes us through the highlights and the low-lights of the evening.

Billy Crystal was back as host, and according to preliminary Nielsen analysis, the ratings were up by 4 percent.

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Descendants." And while there was a lot of thanking of moms in the night's acceptance speeches, Payne's stood out: "Thanks for letting me skip nursery school to go to the movies... Thanks a lot."

Chris Rock had one of the best presenter monologues as he introduced the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film. Animated films are great, he said, because you could be anything you want, thin, beautiful, tall, or "if you're a black man, you can play a donkey or a zebra."

Then Emma Stone took an amusing dig at Ben Stiller after he teased her about being the new kid in town during their co-presenter banter. The two were presenting the award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.

Strasser will also recap the best gaffes of the night. Plus, the best bits from Crystal's iconic opening solo.


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