One year after hilariously butcheringIdina Menzel's name as "Adele Dazeem," John Travolta returned to the
Academy Awards on Sunday to redeem himself and to get a taste of his own
medicine. But if the two-time Oscar nominee managed to nail his
pronunciation obligations this time around, his make-good wasn't without
its own awkward moment.
gag began with Menzel stepping to the microphone to introduce her
co-presenter for best original song: "Ladies and gentlemen, please
welcome to the stage my very dear friend, Glom Gazingo."
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smiling Travolta appeared, gold envelope in hand, and the two embraced.
"I deserve that," Travolta said with a smile. "But you, my darling, my
beautiful, my wickedly talented Idina Menzel."
"You got it!" she
cheered, then jokingly added, "It's not like ['Adele Dazeem'] is going
to follow me around for the rest of my life or anything."
"Yeah, tell me about it," Travolta deadpanned.
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was a fun, playful exchange, though one made slightly weird by Travolta
caressing Menzel's face for a few seconds too long. Menzel, unflappable
as she was last year, smiled through it and graciously — or
sardonically — offered to handle presenting duties. (John Legend and
Common won for "Glory.")
Travolta didn't escape getting
needled again, however. During host Neil Patrick Harris' end-of-show
magic trick, he quipped, "John Travolta will be back next year to
apologize to Idina for all the face touching."
- LA Times