Steve Martin and Tina Fey are here doing more comedy than you get from most movies in a single year. They're presenting the screenplay award (they're writers, too). While the clips play, words from the scripts appear onscreen, and Martin and Fey take turns reading. I'll stop Jess Cagle-ing soon, I promise, but this is a real salute to the movies. Dustin Lance Black wins original screenplay for "Milk." This is a much better speech than the one he gave at the Spirit Awards yesterday. He mentions gay rights. It's political but far more eloquent than the usual political awards speech. It's personal, too. It's how you'd expect a writer (and Harvey Milk acolyte) to express himself. Cut awkwardly back to Martin and Fey feigning heterosexual love.
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