Newspaper sub-editors everywhere must be probing the deepest recesses of their minds (and oh boy, there are some deep recesses in there) for headline and caption possibilities in case Philip Seymour Hoffman and Felicity Huffman win best actor and best actress respectively at the Oscars tomorrow (they’re both front-runners). “Huffing and PHoffing their way to the awards” perhaps. No? But then I’m out of practice – it’s been many long years since I famously captioned a lingerie picture in Today newspaper “Wah wah black slip”.
And some utterly useless trivia: if Hoffman and Huffman do win, it will be the first time the names of the winning actor and actress will be separated by just one syllable. That bit isn’t surprising, but in the 78-year history of the awards only four times have the surnames even begun with the same letter (the first instance was William Holden and Audrey Hepburn in 1953, the most recent was Kevin Spacey and Hilary Swank in 1999).
I told you it was useless trivia.