Maybe we can try to ignore it. It's televised late enough in this country to make it possible for us to miss it and, unless some grand Slumdog Millionaire-esque underdog triumph takes the top prize, there certainly won't be any front-page headline material.
As it is, it turns out that there was a Slumdog Millionaire-esque underdog triumph, but the headlines are more likely to be making news on the front page of Le Monde and not the Mail. It wasn't the most glamorous of ceremonies, but wins for Woody Allen, Asghar Farhadi and Bret McKenzie (yes, of Bret and Jermaine) made sure this viewer went to bed happy enough and woke up in the mood for a movie.
In a move that either smacks of rampant opportunism or canny selection, BFI Southbank screen this evening the film regarded by most as the best ever made. Citizen Kane was theatre wunderkind Orson Welles first movie. Aged 26 upon its release, he co-wrote, directed and starred as the lead character: Charles Forster Kane, a newspaper magnate whose life is being looked at under intense scrutiny by a litany of journalists all seeking to find the truth behind his final word: Rosebud.
To say that 'they don't make films like this anymore' sums up both approaches to American cinema that over the years have become more rare, and audience expectations of what film should be. Compared to today's films, it is both familiar and a relic of a previous age. No-one is saying that you have to love Citizen Kane because it was a game-changer, because it indelibly changed the way that movies were filmed, edited, acted or written, and no-one is saying you have to love it because it is a tightly-plotted film with one of the best casts ever assembled, with an outstanding lead from Welles himself (great performances such as these have to be levelled, they can never be bettered). These are just reasons why you might, and there are a million more besides. Forget that it was overlooked on the night itself (winning only Best Writing [Original Screenplay]) in favour of the more traditional How Green Was My Valley; who pays attention to those things?
Citizen Kane is at BFI Southbank tonight at 1810 and will be screened with Musical Poster No.1, an animation by Len Lye (UK 1940, 2mins)