I never thought I'd see such a inane discussion about 'aging' here...and I wouldn't have if I hadn't checked my email. This really epitomizes modern media, everyone is so quick to spout their own blessed opinions, and damn whatever the facts are.
Novak didn't look great at the Oscars, everyone can agree about that. She hasn't looked too good for a while, as anyone who has followed her for the past few years would know. However, people think the reason is because of some desire for beauty or youth...that's projecting, more revealing of the media's interests than her own.
The truth of the matter is much simpler. Up until just a few years ago, she was, as everyone puts it, 'aging gracefully'. You can see her here. So what happened recently that changed things?
In 2010, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and went through chemotherapy. Now, anyone who has seen Breaking Bad would have an inkling of what that does to the body. Forgetting all the drug stuff, that was a fairly accurate portrayal of the body's reaction to cancer treatment. Add 30 years, major injuries and nerve damage from a horse fall in 2006, and bipolar disorder that went undiagnosed for decades, and the recovery can't have been easy. If she felt cosmetic surgery was a viable option at nearly 80 years old, with no record of having any work done before, one can only wonder what her 'natural' look was at the end of the treatment. In no way under these conditions could this be seen as a 'pursuit of lost beauty'. It was a mistake, she admitted it readily months beforehand, but to try and paint her as a plastic surgery addict is disingenuous and insulting. It was far more heartbreaking to see how fragile her body and voice (as well as Sidney Poitier's) were rather than pining for the looks captured over 55 years ago on film.
But then people don't seem to care about much other than looks, do they? Last year we had Seth MacFarlane singing about actresses' boobs. This year we had Ellen Degeneres laughing at Lisa Minelli. The fact that people seem to find pleasure in such cheap laughs says a bit more about us as a youth-obsessed culture than it does about them.
You know, maybe I'm just nuts, but what's the more problematic picture here, an old woman in poor health (or man, Sidney Poitier didn't look hot either), or a comedian who isn't funny (for 4 hours!), actors who stumble over simple lines, and a ceremony that seems to get more boring even though this is their 86th try at it. One of these is inevitable; the others are just pathetic.