An Oscar night when everyone seems to have dismissed what really should be winning awards and are instead piling Oscars on the foreign favorite. It doesn’t have to be a foreign film but seems to work best with them.
Origin: In 1999, nobody cared that Roberto Benigni beat out Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Nick Nolte and Edward Norton for Best Actor for his performance in “Life Is Beautiful” because he was just so much damn fun to watch win the award.
Usage: Boy, “The Artist” sure had a Benigni night this year at the Oscars.
First used: Post Oscar Night Wrap Up