As it has been for nearly the past 30 years, last night's Oscars were preceded by Barbara Walters's Oscar Special. Except this year would be Barbara's final Oscar-night reverie, and she wasn't going to let us forget it.
So how did Barbara send herself off? Self-indulgently, of course. I had (naively) hoped that Babs would go out with a softly lit, tearful-celebrity-revelation bang — and she didn't totally abandon that strategy, but this was not going to be a star-packed night. Barbara's tired. Particularly of the stairs.