The 78th Annual Academy Awards pre-shows are starting. The weather is balmy. The fan bleachers are filled. Joan Rivers this time has a new set of duck lips. But the unhyped truth is that this will be the worst Oscars in recent memory. (Well, at least since Alan Carr produced that fiasco show where Rob Lowe serenaded Snow White.) I was on the radio this morning with Australian Broadcasting Corp. and they said they’ve never heard of Jon Stewart and asked me to explain who he is. Great host choice for international audiences, right? Then there’s the insanity that hardly any civilians have seen the nominated movies. What, it would have killed the Academy to nominate something popular like King Kong, or Harry Potter 3 or even Narnia? It’s like the Industry types in this town have a death wish. Everyone’s anticipating the lowest rated telecast of recent years. Let the madness begin…