I’m not especially religious. But, as they say, there are no atheists in foxholes. So I’d like to offer a short prayer for the much-delayed, Covid-weary 93rd Oscar ceremony, set for a week from tonight.
Feel free to join, amend, or delete, as the spirit moves you:
Dear Lord, whoever and wherever You may be,
We humbly beg that Sunday’s Oscar show may come off without a hitch, which would a first, but it can’t hurt to ask.
More particularly, we pray that the many nominees and hangers-on who are flying here from around the globe will have observed their 10-day quarantine in strictest isolation, with no thought of slipping out for a pedicure or cocktails on Sunset. We don’t want to spread any Movieland variants.
Please, Lord, let the Derek Chauvin jury deliberate for a while. We’ll have enough drama without an Oscar-week verdict.
Let the authorities secure Union Station, whatever complications that may cause on surrounding streets, never mind the police over-time budget.
Let no one mention Georgia voting laws. Hold that fight for Monday morning, after we’ve dealt with the ratings.