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March 8th, 2010
04:41 PM ET

Oscars were 'Ladies' Night in a Boys' Town'

Kathryn Bigelow is the first lady to win Best Director at the Academy Awards.

Kathryn Bigelow is the first lady to win Best Director at the Academy Awards.

John Anderson
Special to CNN

When Alec Baldwin closed out the Academy Awards on Sunday night by slapping director Kathryn Bigelow squarely on the backside, that pretty much said it all.

It was Ladies' Night in a Boys' Town.

Yes, the opening routine by Baldwin and Steve Martin was very funny; there was sincerity and genuine gratitude from many of the winners; despite weird digressions into arcane areas like sound recording, the program moved briskly enough.

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