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Nerds Get No Respect at the Oscars

“Congratulations, nerds.”

That might have been the upbeat theme of last night’s Oscars, where a co-host live-tweeted from backstage, ABC hosted an online party at Oscars.com concurrently with the televised ceremony, and a presenter made a scripted “app” joke.

But instead, those two words from James Franco were a deadpan reaction to the winners of this year’s scientific & technical awards, delivered in a faux derisive tone that could have come straight from the lips of Daniel Desario, the stoner character played by Franco in Freaks and Geeks.

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