Shady, shady, ABC! You would have never guessed it while watching at home, but when Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem took to the stage to present the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay on Sunday night in their matching white tuxedos, the two did an impromptu slow dance before locking lips.
So where did the steamy mankiss between the two A-listers (OK, B-listers…) go? The cutting room floor, natch. Producers quickly cut to an extended (and awkward) shot of Penelope Cruz while her baby daddy smooched up on Brolin.
ABC, the exclusive broadcaster of the Academy Awards for the next million years or so, told inquirers that it will not be commenting on the subject.
Hmm. On one hand, we’re not surprised that a Disney-owned company would censor out same-sex smooches. But on the other, how is this even an issue worthy of censoring? It was only a few years ago that Brokeback Mountain was nominated for Best Picture, as well as racking up Oscar nominations for its lead actors who played gay cowboys. If a movie depicting Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal having full-on sex together is worthy of Oscar praise, why is a kiss between two famous men deserving of their ire?
For what it’s worth, the two men look good on each other. Are you disappointed with ABC’s censoring and non-comment comment?